After failing to land Kevin DURANT, the New York Knicks acquired four more players in his place. To fill their already empty power-forward slot, they signed two young power forwards, Julius Randle and Bobby Portis. They also signed a swingman, Reggie Bullock, and a third forward, 34 year old native New Yorker, Taj Gibson.
According to ESPN, Julius Randle who once played for the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers is expected to sign a 3-year deal worth $63 million of which the third year of the deal is a team option. This is because the Knicks want more flexibility in 2021 when Gianni Antetokounmpo can become a free agent, so they decided against giving Randle a full third year.
Previously reported by the New York Post, the Knicks’ showed interest in signing Julius Randle last month, with scouts stating a bit of his flaws including defense issues. According to the Post, scouts stated their uncertainty concerning his basket ball IQ and perimeter shooting. His defense flaws seemed to have also caught their eye. Yet, they termed him a ‘Beast‘, saying ‘he plays hard but can only get to so far because of how he sees the game’.
The New York Post also reports that sources revealed the Knicks signed the Six-foot-11 Bobby Portis to a two-year contract, in a $31 million deal.
The Athletic also reported that Reggie Bullocks was signed in a $20 million two-year deal, a 3 and D type.