Knicks' Julius Randle Trade Rumors Heating Up

The New York Knicks are currently tied for 6th in the eastern conference and there's been rumblings circulating about what the team is going to do as we creep closer to the trade deadline. While Derrick Rose was already a nice addition, there's been some chatter surrounding the future of Julius Randle.

The 26-year-old is having himself a fine season so far for the Knicks as he's averaging 23.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. Certainly all-star worthy numbers and numbers that have come as a bit of a surprise to everyone around the league.

Rival NBA executives feel the Knicks would be dumb not to gauge the market on Randle's value, meanwhile the player wants nothing to do with anyone but New York.

Ian Begley from SNY mentioned on The Putback the following regarding Randle's future:

Based on a conversation I’ve had with somebody earlier this month, there are prominent members of the Knicks organization that feel Randle is part of this young core that they’re trying to move forward with. However, you have to take calls if you’re the Knicks ahead of the trade deadline on potential Julius Randle trades just because you have to see what his value is. I’m not saying the Knicks would be motivated to make a deal based on that conversation.

So I would expect the Knicks to have those conversations. Whether anything comes to fruition remains to be seen.

Randle has made it clear he wants to stay in New York, so first, expect him to be named an all-star, and secondly, only expect the Knicks to move him if they are blown away by someone overpaying for their prized forward.

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