Julius Randle absolutely enjoys being a member of the New York Knicks and there was no doubt in him where he wanted to continue his career. This offseason, Randle became eligible for an extension. Had Randle waited for the 2022 offseason, he would have been eligible for an extension worth rougly $200 million.
Instead, Randle chose stability as he signed a four-year, $117 million deal with the Knicks. "The money was one thing, but for me, it was more about the situation as far as my happiness, the basketball situation, my family, just being stable and being in New York and really just continuing to build this thing up," Randle said, per ESPN.
"When I signed here two years ago, this was my vision, to be able to lock in something long term and build something from the ground up. That's what we're doing. All hands on deck." Randle spent five seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with tne New Orleans Pelicans, before joining the Knicks in the summer of 2019.
"At the end of the day, I've had stops along the way in my career where I haven't been happy playing," Randle said. "I understand both sides of it and how hard this game could be and how hard it can be being on a team where the chemistry's not right and it's tough showing up to your job every night.
"And for me, I truly enjoy showing up to my job every day, whether it was practice, whether it was flying, whether it was playing a game, whatever it was. I truly enjoy it, and I'm happy being a Knick." Randle wants to win a championship with the Knicks "I don't think there's a better place to win a championship than here," Randle said.
"I wanted to be a part of that, and I felt like I could help be a part of that. And I thought with me signing that extension, it could help [Knicks president Leon Rose] and those other guys get pieces and continue to build the team so we could have that opportunity."
Kemba Walker, who was traded to the Knicks this summer, recently said that being a Knick gives him goosebumps. "This feeling has been like no other. Just randomly getting goosebumps," Walker said. "It's an unbelievable feeling to be able to come home.
As far as added pressure -- I don't think so. As long as I'm in a great environment around great people I'll be fine."