New York Knicks forward Julius Randle reportedly is changing his representation ahead of the 2023-24 season.
Randle, who previously was repped by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), is now switching his management to William Morris Endeavor (WME).
We are proud to announce we have signed NY Knicks All-Star Julius Randle.
Randle, a 2x All-NBA team member, 2x All-Star, and recipient of the MIP Award, is coming off of a career year in which he averaged 25.1 points, 10 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.
Welcome to the fam, Julius! pic.twitter.com/JMnN5oKpwS
— WME Sports (@WME_Sports) September 18, 2023
The move could be looked at as a big deal since Knicks executive Leon Rose used to be a prominent agent for CAA, but it appears Randle is just reuniting with Andrew Thomas, a former CAA agent.
It appears that Julius Randle is reuniting with former CAA agent Andrew Thomas, who joined WME in February 2022.
— The Strickland (@TheStrickland) September 18, 2023
Randle is under contract with the Knicks through the 2024-25 season at minimum. He has a player option with the franchise for the 2025-26 campaign that has a base salary just short of $30 million.
Since coming to New York prior to the 2019-20 campaign, Randle has really turned himself into a star. The former first-round pick has made two All-Star teams and two All-NBA teams in four seasons with the Knicks, leading the team to the playoffs twice.
Last season, Randle appeared in 77 games during the regular season and averaged 25.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from beyond the arc.
The Knicks – led by Randle and Jalen Brunson – earned the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference last season. They ended up knocking off the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the Miami Heat in six games in the second round.
Randle dealt with an ankle injury at the end of the 2022-23 regular season, and he injured it again in the playoffs, causing him to miss Game 1 of the series with Miami. The Knicks are hoping he can get back to his usual self heading into the 2023-24 campaign.
New York’s outlook in the 2023-24 season certainly depends a lot on Randle’s play. In the last three seasons, the team has made the playoffs in the two seasons that he’s been an All-Star, but it struggled in the 2021-22 season when he shot just 41.1 percent from the field (his worst mark since his rookie season when he appeared in just one game due to injury).
The Knicks have kept the core of their roster – Randle, Brunson, RJ Barrett, Josh Hart, Mitchell Robinson and others – together this offseason, showing that they believe in last season’s success.
Since Randle is under contract for at least the next two seasons, his changing of representation shouldn’t have much of an immediate effect on his future.