Written by Garrett Catalana – @GarrettCatalana
With his second ten-day set to expire on Monday, the Sixers have decided to sign guard Chasson Randle to a three-year contract, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Per the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, players finishing their second ten-day must either be signed to a contract for at least the remainder of the season or become a free agent. The Sixers saw enough in the 23-year old out of Stanford to sign him to a longterm deal.
This move comes as a bit of a surprise with Randle only appearing in four games since signing with Philadelphia on January 10th, averaging four points and less than one assist per game in very limited minutes. Randle’s marquee performance came in a win on January 16th at Milwaukee, where he scored 10 points in 16 minutes off the bench.
Randle had gone undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, spending his first professional season in the Czech Republic before signing with the D-League’s Westchester Knicks this season, averaging 20 points per game on 40% from three before his call-up with the Sixers. You can read more about Randle here.
The Sixers’ goal moving forward should be to surround the team’s two most talented players (Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons) with players that best compliment their unique basketball abilities. The makeup of Randle’s game (point guard size but better off-ball) could work well with Ben Simmons’ game. Randle could guard opposing team’s point guards while playing off-ball on offense as Simmons plays as the primary ball-handler.
By signing Randle to a three-year deal with “trigger dates,” the Sixers can decide to cut Randle before these dates and not have to pay any of his salary, making his longterm future unknown.
With Sergio Rodriguez struggling in the month of January off the bench, Randle may see a bigger role in the near future as the team eagerly awaits the return of Ben Simmons. If Randle can play alongside Simmons, he might be sticking around in Philadelphia for another season.
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