Julius Randle says signing contract extension, competing for championships with Knicks is his ‘dream’

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Enjoying a career-best season so far with the Knicks, Julius Randle is not hiding how he feels about his hopeful future in New York.

In a wide-ranging feature story Wednesday by Sopan Deb of the New York Times, Randle opened up on why his “dream” is to remain a Knick beyond the 2021-22 season — after which his three-year, $62.1 million contract expires.

“I knew where we were starting at,” Randle said. “I knew the challenge I had when I signed here. I signed here with the hopes of being here long term. I want to be one of the guys that’s part of this team and eventually, hopefully, we are competing for championships and winning championships. That’s my dream. A picture perfect thing for me.”

Entering Wednesday’s game at the Orlando Magic, with New York on a three-game winning streak, Randle through 29 contests was averaging 23.1 points on 47.6% shooting — 40.6% from deep — with 11 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 36.7 minutes.

Randle, 26, is putting together a potential All-Star season on first-year head coach Tom Thibodeau‘s team after averaging 19.5 points and 9.7 rebounds during the 2019-20 campaign. His previous career-best season came as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans in 2018-19, when he averaged 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds.

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Randle from Kentucky as a lottery pick at No. 7 overall in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft. In 238 games (182 starts) from 2014-18, Randle averaged 13.5 points and 8.9 rebounds.

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