In an interview with SNY, Randle said he's continued to work on his outside shot throughout the offseason.
Randle, who signed with the Knicks in July as a free agent, is coming off of a year in New Orleans in which he shot 34.4 percent from beyond the arc on a career-high 2.7 attempts per game. The 24-year-old said he's comfortable working on the perimeter, and he was given the green light by coach Alvin Gentry. Randle plans to continue integrating the outside shot into his offensive package, but he also implied that he won't stray away from the bruising, aggressive style that led to a career-best 21.4 points per game last season. "I know what my bread and butter is at the same time, though," Randle said. "I'm not going to leave that."
Randle and the Knicks agreed to a three-year, $63 million contract Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
New York was reluctant to offer Kevin Durant a max deal due to his Achilles injury, but they did manage to land Randle, who put up 21.4 points along with 8.7 boards and 3.1 assists across 73 contests a season ago in New Orleans. He'll immediately step into the starting five, likely pushing either Mario Hezonja or Mitchell Robinson to a bench role.
Randle is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July after declining his $9 million player option for the 2019-20 season Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Randle put up career-high numbers last season, putting up 21.4 points, 8.7 boards and 3.1 assists over 73 games. He'll be free to sign with the team of his choice after becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Randle (rest) will not play Tuesday against the Warriors, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Randle has played his final game of the season -- his first with the Pelicans. He set a career high in scoring, averaging 21.4 points per game, doing so on 52.4 percent shooting. He also chipped in 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists across 30.6 minutes.
Randle will only play in an emergency situation in Sunday's game against the Kings, Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports New Orleans reports.
This will essentially be a night off to rest for Randle, who has taken on huge workloads in the second half of the season. Christian Wood will get the start at power forward in Randle's likely absence Sunday.
Randle managed 31 points (13-24 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-11 FT), 14 rebounds and three assists across 38 minutes in the Pelicans' 133-126 overtime loss to the Suns on Friday.
Randle was the leading scorer for the Pels in the high-scoring affair, as he enjoyed extra responsibility on the offensive end with Anthony Davis (back) sitting out the contest. Randle has been stellar all season while shuttling between the first unit and bench, and he's now scored over 30 points in three of his past four games on the strength of 55.3 percent shooting.
Randle finished with 34 points (12-19 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 115-109 loss to the Hornets.
Randle played through his finger injury Wednesday, scoring a game-high 34 points to go with 11 rebounds and a full line. The Pelicans are well and truly done for the season but Randle continues to put up big numbers on a nightly basis. His playing time has been a little up and down over the past couple of weeks, however, that is to be expected given their desire to lose as many games as possible. As long as he is healthy, it appears as though he should remain on the court and could be a major factor down the stretch in those leagues that are still active.
Randle (finger) is not on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's contest against the Hornets.
Randle left Sunday's game due to a finger injury, playing just 23 minutes. While he couldn't finish the game out, he'll be fine to participate in Wednesday's matchup.
Randle played 23 minutes in Sunday's 130-102 loss to the Lakers before exiting in the second half with an injury to his left index finger, the Associated Press reports. He finished with 17 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one steal.
The Pelicans relayed that X-rays conducted after the game returned negative, so Randle is likely just dealing with a sprain or soreness rather than any structural damage to the finger. Considering the Lakers' large margin of victory, Randle probably wouldn't have played many more minutes than he received even if the injury hadn't cut his night short. With New Orleans off the schedule until Wednesday against the Hornets, Randle has a fair chance at being available, though it's possible the lottery-bound Pelicans hold him out as a precaution.
Randle finished with 34 points (12-24 FG, 3-5 3Pt. 7-7 FT), 10 rebounds, and three assists in 31 minutes during Thursday's 121-118 victory over the Kings.
Randle feasted with Anthony Davis (back) on the bench, pouring in 34 points to go with 10 rebounds. The lack of defensive stats continue to be a negative when looking at his overall fantasy value, but owners have to be thrilled with his supporting numbers. There is no sign of a shutdown coming for Randle and he should be able to power through the final few games of the season, continuing to have big nights such as this one.
Randle finished with 24 points (7-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 9-11 FT), nine rebounds, five assists and a steal over 34 minutes in the Pelicans' loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.
Randle led the Pels in scoring on Tuesday with 24 points, and he added quality production across the stat sheet, despite his team taking a loss. Randle has experienced a career rebirth as a member of the Pelicans this season, averaging 21.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. With Anthony Davis likely out of the picture next season, expect Randle's game to grow even more in 2020.
Randle had six points (1-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 119-96 loss to the Magic.
Randle finished with as many turnovers as points while struggling badly from the field. He had turned in a terrific stat line essentially every time he had taken the floor in recent memory, but Randle finally delivered a dud. With there being three full days off before Sunday's matchup with the Rockets, Randle should be well-rested and will likely look to bounce back in a big way.
Randle collected 30 points (14-24 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 34 minutes during Monday's 129-125 overtime win against the Mavericks.
Randle has been a man possessed of late, scoring at least 20 points in five straight games (and 10 of the last 11). Moreover, he continues to provide perhaps the most well-rounded stat lines of his career down the stretch here in 2018-19. For as long as Jrue Holiday (abdomen) is out, Randle is likely to maintain a massive usage rate and makes for an exceptional option across all formats.
Randle totaled 21 points (8-20 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists and a steal over 32 minutes in the Pelicans' loss to the Suns on Saturday.
Randle followed up his career-high 45 points on Friday with a 21-point double-double on Saturday. The fifth-year pro has flourished in his first season with the Pelicans, averaging 21.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. With Anthony Davis' minutes being limited down the final stretch of the season, Randle has taken on an expanded role, averaging 26.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last 10 games.
Randle recorded 45 points (20-34 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-11 FT), 11 rebounds, six assists, three blocks, and two steals in 42 minutes during Friday's 122-110 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Randle finished with a career high scoring total while swatting a season high in blocks. With Anthony Davis (rest) and Jrue Holiday (abdomen) out, Randle's usage rate was downright ridiculous, and he turned in an incredibly well-rounded stat line. He'll look to keep it rolling during Saturday's matchup against the Suns.
Randle compiled 18 points (6-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), nine rebounds, and seven assists in 32 minutes during Friday's 127-104 loss to the Raptors.
Randle handed out a team high assist total, stepping up in the absence of Jrue Holiday (abdomen). With Holiday out for at least a week, Randle is likely to assume the role of go-to-guy offensively, which will probably result in plenty of dimes during Sunday's bout with a Hawks team that, like the Pelicans, prefers to play fast.
Randle scored 30 points (10-23 FG, 0-2 3t, 10-12 FT) while adding eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 39 minutes during Monday's 115-112 win over the Jazz.
He tied Jrue Holiday for the team scoring lead, and Randle has now dropped at least 20 points in six of eight games since moving into the starting lineup. The 24-year-old is averaging an impressive 25.8 points, 7.4 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.6 three-pointers and 1.3 steals over that stretch, and with Anthony Davis continuing to see limited court time, Randle should remain very productive to close out the regular season.
Randle finished with 28 points (10-20 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-10 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 38 minutes during Saturday's 120-112 victory over the Nuggets.
Randle continues to put up big numbers on the offensive end, scoring 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting, adding 10 rebounds and four assists. He has been playing well since the All-Star break but has seen his rebounding numbers decline in that period. Despite the high volume production, Randle is still only the 87th ranked player over the past two weeks due to poor free-throw shooting and a high turnover rate.
Randle totaled 35 points (11-22 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 11-12 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 125-119 loss to the Lakers.
Randle scored a game-high 35 points Wednesday, turning in a strong performance against his former team. He appears locked in for big minutes moving forward with Anthony Davis on his minutes' restriction. The backup players are yet to establish themselves within the rotation meaning Randle is spending time at both the center and power forward positions.
Randle produced 19 points (6-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 13 rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and one assist in 34 minutes during Monday's 111-100 loss to Philadelphia.
Randle ended Monday's loss with a 19-and-14 double-double, chipping in with production across the board. The Anthony Davis situation should ensure Randle has a strong finish to the season. Given he is going to be the main man in the middle moving forward, owners should expect a top-50 type end to the season, barring any injuries of course.
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