The New York Knicks are expected to move some players before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. Even Julius Randle could be on the block.
New York signed Randle to a three-year, $62 million contract last summer, but with the franchise once again heading absolutely nowhere, the Knicks are looking to shed cap space and acquire some assets at the deadline.
However, as bad as the Knicks and their 14-36 record are, the Charlotte Hornets (16-33) aren’t much better. Thus, these two teams seem like a curious trade match on paper.
Nevertheless, they have discussed a potential trade involving Randle, according to a new report from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.
The Knicks and Hornets have had trade talks involving Julius Randle, per league sources.
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) February 4, 2020
SNY’s Ian Begley confirmed O’Connor’s report on Randle and added that Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and Hornets guards Terry Rozier and Malik Monk have also been discussed by the two teams.
At this point, no trade seems imminent, or even likely.
Some names that came up in Hornets and Knicks recent talks included Julius Randle, Dennis Smith Jr., Terry Rozier and Malik Monk, per SNY sources. Ringer first reported that Knicks and Hornets had recently discussed Julius Randle.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 4, 2020
Randle is averaging 18.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the Knicks this season. Incredibly, while the power forward is in his sixth NBA season, he’s still just 25 years old.
The NBA trade deadline is this Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.