Reports: Julius Randle, Taj Gibson Agree To Deals With Knicks

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

The Knicks are reportedly on the board in free agency, although the splash is not nearly as big as fans were hoping.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks agreed to terms Sunday night with power forward/center Julius Randle on a three-year, $63 million contract and power forward Taj Gibson on a two-year, $20 million deal. Randle and Gibson cannot sign their contracts until Saturday. 

Randle, now 24, was the seventh overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014 NBA draft. The 6-foot-9 former Kentucky star broke his league in the season opener of his rookie season and missed the rest of the season. He averaged 13.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game over the next three seasons.

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Randle then signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in free agency last season and enjoyed his best season yet, averaging 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He declined the $9.1 million player option on his Pelicans contract for the 2019-20 season.

The Knicks, who entered free agency nearly $70 million under the salary cap, failed to land Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on Day 1 of free agency, with both headed to the rival Brooklyn Nets. But in Randle, they add a young, ascending post player to pair with second-year center Mitchell Robinson.

Gibson, meanwhile, will add depth and experience to the Knicks' frontcourt. The 10-year veteran averaged 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 70 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was previously a member of the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.