New York Knicks: 3 reasons to sign Julius Randle

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1. A budding star

What the Knicks have lacked in recent years is a clear star, and the organization believes Barrett will be that guy. However, Randle is on the verge of breaking out and very well could become the future of the franchise if he signed on.

Last season with the Pelicans, Randle averaged 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 30.6 minutes per game. He also shot a solid 52.4 percent from the field and improved his 3-point percentage from 22.2 percent in 2017-18 to 34.4 percent last season.

Randle has seen his game develop every season since entering the NBA, but he has yet to see consistent time as a starter. He was a full-time starter in 2016-17 with the Los Angeles Lakers, but saw a lot of time as the sixth man in New Orleans.

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The Knicks do not have a surefire power forward, so Randle would step in and immediately become the starting 4 for the Knicks. With an increase in minutes and another year of NBA service under his belt, Julius Randle could be on the brink of stardom, while being paid a relatively cheap salary compared to what top-tier free agents are making.