In a bit of a surprising move, the Sixers have decided to sign point guard Chasson Randle to a three-year deal, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Sources: Philadelphia will sign rookie Chasson Randle to a 3-year deal today. Trigger dates for guarantees next season and in Year 3.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 30, 2017
Randle’s second ten-day contract was set to expire on Monday, and due to NBA rules, Philadelphia was forced to either sign him to a contract for the remainder of the season, or let him walk. They apparently were pleased enough with what they saw to offer him a longterm deal.
If Randle was signed for the league minimum, then he’ll earn a prorated version of the $543,471 salary designated for players with zero years of NBA experience.
The 23-year-old has appeared in just four games with the Sixers since signing with the team on Jan. 10, averaging four points and .3 assists in 7.3 minutes per game. He broke out in the team’s 113-104 win against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 10 points while shooting 2-4 from three in 16 minutes of action. Prior to being called up by the Sixers, Randle spent the beginning of the season with the D-League’s Westchester Knicks, where he averaged 20.7 points while shooting 40.2 percent from three.
Although he’s set to stick with Philadelphia for the remainder of the season, his longterm future is still up in the air. If the team opts to cut him before next year’s “trigger date”, then they wouldn’t be on the hook for any of his salary in 2017-18.
Considering that Randle has played well in limited stints, and Sergio Rodriguez has really struggled on both ends of the floor, keeping the former Stanford standout isn’t the worst idea. If Rodriguez, who is shooting just 25.7 percent from three in the month of January, continues to falter, then Randle may see an expanded role post-All-Star break.