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All-Star forward Julius Randle agrees to 4-year, $117M extension with Knicks

All-Star forward Julius Randle agrees to 4-year, $117M extension with Knicks
New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30), shown Nov. 16, 2019, averaged 24.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game this past season. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 5 (UPI) -- All-Star forward Julius Randle and the New York Knicks reached an agreement on a multiyear contract extension Thursday.

League sources told ESPN, Newsday and the New York Post that Randle is signing a four-year, $117 million extension with the Knicks, elevating his pact's total value to five years and $140 million. The extension includes a player option on the final season in 2025-26.

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Randle enjoyed a breakthrough campaign for the Knicks this past season, earning the NBA's Most Improved Player award and second-team All-NBA honors. He also helped guide New York to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

The 26-year-old Randle averaged career bests in points (24.1), rebounds (10.2), assists (6.0) and blocks (0.9) per game last season.

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Randle with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of the University of Kentucky. He spent his first four seasons in Los Angeles before signing a two-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans in July 2018.

After just one season in New Orleans, he arrived to the Knicks on a three-year free-agent deal in July 2019. He was named to his first All-Star Game in the 2020-21 season with the Knicks.

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In 446 career games (366 starts), Randle has averaged 17.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists with the Lakers, Pelicans and Knicks.

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