Proposed Knicks blockbuster pairs Julius Randle with budding superstar

Julius Randle, New York Knicks


New York Knicks’ Julius Randle passes under pressure from Charlotte Hornets’ LaMelo Ball.

All summer, it seemed like the New York Knicks were destined to participate in a blockbuster deal that would reshape their rotation heading into the 2022-23 season and change the path of their future for the better.

Unfortunately, such a step as the main goal has yet to happen Donovan Mitchell was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on September 1but despite its removal from the commercial market, there are several other avenues the franchise could take to fulfill their presumed desire for a splashy transaction.

A popular option the Knicks are considering is a trade that would take Julius Randle and the remaining four years, $117 million remaining on his contract, from New York and, According to reports from The Athletic’s Fred Katz from the early days of this off-season, the ball club pondered the concept.

Of course, trading in the big man after such a lackluster performance will not be an easy task in 2021-22 where it ended up being the number one least efficient scoring option in the league, but even so, the folks at the Knicks Film School seem to think there’s a certain Eastern Conference team that might be interested in winning it.

On a Sept. 7 episode of the podcastHost Jonathan Macri and Andrew Claudio discussed the idea of ​​selling Randle to the Charlotte Hornets in light of their rather quiet offseason with Richie Randal from the Buzz Beat Podcast their current need for a power forward after drawing their qualifying offer for Miles Bridges.

And while there was resistance on both sides, given his high-end payday and undesirable attitude, Claudio presented a trade idea that was unanimously seen as potentially mutually beneficial.

The framework of the deal is as follows:

New York Knicks receive:

  • Gordon Hayward
  • Terry Rozier

Get Charlotte Hornets:

  • Julius Randle
  • Evan Fournier
  • Derrick Rose

Of course, should that deal actually come to the table between the New York Knicks and the Charlotte Hornets, draft capital would also be involved, as Claudio later hinted.

Knicks, Hornets might benefit

Though initially suggested as a “crazy” concept, the hosts would go on to detail exactly why such a transaction could be mutually beneficial for the Knicks and Hornets.

For his stance on why Charlotte should consider it, Claudio mainly focused on the financial aspects of the deal.

“So you talked about the vigilance of the Knicks, Richie. Well, you also said the Hornets need a backup point guard and we happen to have a guy who came third in the sixth man of the year that Tom Thibodeau obviously swears by in Derrick Rose,” Claudio said.

“There’s your whole off-season. You went from not much to now [having] Depth to show LaMelo [Ball] ‘Hey, we’re committed to that for the next few years.’ And then it’s not even that much long-term money because of Rozier and Randle [are] exactly four years for four years.

“Derrick Rose is an expiring contract because it’s a team option. And Fournier will be on an expiring contract next summer.”

As for why this might work for the Knicks aside from the long-term financial flexibility it would give them, Macri also highlighted how this trade would help give some of the team’s young players more opportunities within the rotation, particularly in the third year Guard Immanuel Quickley.

“That’s why there’s a huge contingent of fanbase and I just want to say I don’t think they’re crazy at all who want Derrick Rose on another team or just don’t want Derrick Rose on this team because they do want Immanuel Quickley to get those backup point guard reps,” Macri said.

“Because again, after the Mitchell trade didn’t go through, it’s like that conversation we had a few minutes ago like, ‘What the hell are we doing here?’ At the very least, let’s make sure we give all the young players on this team a chance to perform at their best this season.

“Treat this season as a gap year, for example, and I think giving Immanuel Quickley a lot of reps as a backup point guard… that’s going to be part of the appeal I think.”

Outside of Quickley, without Randle and Fournier, guys like Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes, and Cam Reddish would almost certainly find a bigger role in the rotation.

Grimes showed a lot of potential during his 2021-22 rookie campaign was even considered something of an “untouchable” in New York’s trade talks with Utah Jazz in relation to Donovan Mitchell while Toppin has only proven that he can excel if given a bigger role in Thibodeau’s system.

Randle is still a quality talent

While he may not be the most popular player he was in New York after his wonderful 2021-22 All-NBA campaign, the fact remains that Julius Randle is still a quality player in this league, at least from an individual perspective.

Despite his shooting inefficiencies and being considered a “falling year” overall, the 27-year-old still averaged pretty impressive 20.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 72 games last season on.

To put that in perspective, the only other players to surpass those numbers in every category last season were Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the league’s two youngest MVPs.

The Hornets are considered a rising team with playoff ambitions after knocking on the door with a 10-seed 43-39 finish last season. Led by 21-year-old all-star point guard LaMelo Ball, it’s obvious this young club could use some veteran experience. since the average age of their current squad is 24.5 yearsmaking them the eighth youngest team in the league.

Randle, an eight-year veteran, could be one such experienced person for Charlotte while also helping the team fill their clear vacancy at the start of Power Forward along the way.

With his addition, Charlotte would bring more than 20 points per game scorer from the past five seasons to her already impressive rotation, while also “buying low” a player who was considered the NBA’s most-improved player just two seasons ago. player and finished in the top 10 of the league’s MVP race. Proposed Knicks blockbuster pairs Julius Randle with budding superstar

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