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July 9, 2019, 5:35 pmJulius RandlePF, New York Knicks
The Knicks have officially announced the signings of Julius Randle, Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton and Bobby Portis on Tuesday.
Randle is expected to start at PF as the big-ticket free agent signing, while Payton will compete for a starting job and Portis should see a hefty dose of backup minutes at the four and five. Ellington had a strong finish with the Pistons and could compete for a starting wing job. Coach David Fizdale was pretty unpredictable with his rotations last year, but we can't imagine Taj Gibson taking too many minutes away from the trio of Portis, Randle and Mitchell Robinson.
Source: Knicks PR on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 7:41 pmJulius RandlePF, New York Knicks
Julius Randle and the Knicks have reached an agreement on a three-year, $63 million deal.
The Knicks looked to be in pole position for Randle over the last few days and ended up landing him. It's not a ton of term, but it is a lot of money, not that the Knicks had anyone else to spend it on. Randle's got a fun game and should put up some gaudy lines with the Knicks, and he's a great fit next to Kristaps Porzin– never mind. If Randle can keep his field goal percentage north of .500 he'll be a solid middle-round player with upside for more on the talent-starved Knicks. New York holds a team option on the final year of the deal, per Chris Haynes.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 1:21 amJulius RandlePF, New Orleans Pelicans
SNY's Ian Begley cited executive sources on Saturday that claim the Knicks are reportedly in a "strong position" to land unrestricted free agent Julius Randle.
Apparently Randle has canceled a planned meeting with another team, which could point to him feeling good about working out a deal with one of his first suitors. The Nets, Kings and Bulls have also been mentioned as possible landing spots but most reports paint the Knicks as frontrunners.
June 29, 2019, 8:09 pmJulius RandlePF, New Orleans Pelicans
As per Jordan Schultz, Julius Randle is expected to have a strong market when free agency comes around, with as many as four teams interested to sign the big man.
Randle is coming off a career-season in 2018-19 with averages of 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists on .524 shooting from the field. It's therefore no surprise that the Nets, Kings, Knicks and Bulls are interested. The Nets and Knicks offer a roster favorable for his upside at the moment but obviously, the FA situation is still fluid at this point.
Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 5:30 pmJulius RandlePF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Bulls are expected to indicate "early interest" in Julius Randle, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Randle is coming off a career year and is looking to cash in. The Bulls have plenty of space available and won't be in the mix for max players, so there's definitely a fit salary-wise if Chicago can get in on Randle before other teams pivot off the top players. It would be a pain for fantasy players however, as Randle joining a frontcourt that already features Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. would put a cap on each player. The Knicks and Nets are also interested in Randle, and we'll hear about more suitors in the coming days.
Source: The Athletic
June 25, 2019, 3:46 pmJulius RandlePF, New Orleans Pelicans
Per Marc Spears of The Undefeated, Pelicans forward Julius Randle and the Knicks have mutual interest as free agency approaches.
The Pelicans drafted their PF of the future in Zion Williamson last week, and will seemingly let Randle walk in free agency as they are unlikely to pay him what he deserves. After a productive finish with the Lakers in 2017-18, Randle had to settle for a one-year deal from the Pelicans last summer. After another productive season on an expiring contract, it looks like at least one franchise is ready to invest in Randle as their PF of the future. Randle averaged 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 0.9 threes to boot this past season and makes for a good mid-round selection in drafts next season if he finds himself in a similar role.
Source: The Undefeated
June 17, 2019, 11:54 amJulius RandleF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Knicks "like" Julius Randle, per the New York Post.
The Knicks want to go big-game hunting this summer, though the high-profile free agents they were rumored to be targeting all have stronger connections to other teams. If they do whiff on the biggest names, the Knicks could pivot to Randle's tier, with Marc Berman suggesting that the team could look at a longer-term deal. Randle is coming off a career season and would likely have tons of opportunity to run the show in New York. It's tough to assess anyone's fantasy value until the free agency dust settles, but the Knicks look like a great spot for Randle to post big numbers.
Source: New York Post
June 16, 2019, 8:33 pmJulius RandleF, New Orleans Pelicans
According to Shams Charania, Julius Randle will not be picking up his $9M player option for next season and will be an unrestricted free agent.
Randle is coming off a sweet breakout season in 2018-19 and has his eyes set on a big payday from a team willing to fork out the dough. This move is not too surprising considering that the Pelicans' frontcourt could get a bit more crowded come draft day as the team is expected to select 6'6" big man Zion Williamson (Duke) with the first overall pick.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 1:18 amJulius RandleF, New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle didn't play in Tuesday night's finale, but he had quite a season with a top-50 finish in 8-cat total stats.
Randle was top-55/85 (8/9-cat) on a per-game basis in his 73 games this season. He increased all his counting stats (most notably his points and threes to 21.4 and 0.9 respectively) while improving his free throw percentage slightly. His field goal percentage did drop a bit as he increased his 3-point attempts. The 24-year-old Randle has a player option that he's likely to decline this summer. If he returns to a rebuilding Pelicans squad, he could be even more valuable. However, he's probably in line for a dip in value if he goes most anywhere else.
April 9, 2019, 6:28 pmJulius RandleF, New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle (undisclosed) is out for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors.
Jahlil Okafor, Cheick Diallo and Christian Wood will handle the bulk of big man minutes tonight for the Pelicans.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
April 7, 2019, 7:59 pmJulius RandleF, New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle is expected to be given the night off on Sunday, which will allow Christian Wood to make another fill-in start.
Randle has had a long and successful season, but we will get to see Wood in action tonight from the get-go. Feel free to fire him up in DFS or if you can still stream him in season-long leagues.
Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter
April 6, 2019, 1:38 amJulius RandleF, New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle hung 31 points with 13 rebounds in Friday night's 133-126 loss to the Suns.
Randle attempted 24 shots in Friday's loss as he is really the only consistent veteran left on the active roster for the Pelicans. He has upped his scoring average to 25.8 points per game over the last two weeks as he does his best to position himself for a nice payday this summer should he decline his player option and become a free agent as expected.
April 3, 2019, 11:32 pmJulius RandleF, New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle was keeping the Pelicans alive on Wednesday in a 115-109 loss to the Hornets as he had 34 points and 11 rebounds on 12-of-19 shooting.
He added three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block and shot 7-of-8 from the line. Randle has been the most reliable player on the Pelicans this season and the Anthony Davis saga has only benefitted his value and growth as a player.
A year after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers for their first playoff series win since 2008, the New Orleans Pelicans came into this season hoping to take another step toward becoming a perennial playoff team.…