Knicks could trade Julius Randle next

The Knicks pulled off one big trade on Saturday, acquiring forward OG Anunoby in a deal that sent guard/forward RJ Barrett and guard Immanuel Quickley to the Raptors.Julius Randle

That may not be their only move.

According to several reports and Hoops Wire sources, New York may still try to reshape the roster by exploring trades centered on power forward Julius Randle. One source described such a move as “unlikely,” but added it may be based on how things play out from here.

Basically, the Knicks are expected to see how things play out with their new lineup, featuring Anunoby, Randle and point guard Jalen Brunson, over the next month — then decide on whether another move is necessary just before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

New York also added depth by acquiring serviceable forward Precious Achiuwa and guard Malachi Flynn in the trade (and sent a second-rounder, via the Pistons, back to Toronto). 

As it stands, one opposing executive told Ric Bucher of Fox Sports that he believes the trade for Anunoby puts the Knicks ahead of others who may be fighting for a top-four playoff spot.

“The Knicks rank eighth in offense but only 16th in defense, which makes them a middle-of-the-road team,” the exec said. “Adding OG should move them into the top 10, defensively, which should elevate their ceiling and give them a fighting chance against the top three teams in the East.

“That puts them above the chase pack of Miami, Cleveland, Orlando and Indiana. The Knicks didn’t have a starting caliber small forward or mobile power forward on their roster but they have plenty of other options at shooting guard –(Josh Hart), (Donte DiVincenzo) and (Quentin Grimes).”

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  1. Lots of people bag on Randle, I don’t know what they’re expecting. Somewhat of a punching bag for the Stephen A’s of the world. Let them keep hating, and begging to trading away the ones they take for granted.

    If used to his strengths, he brings a dimension to a team not a lot of guys can add. I can especially see him helping the Cavs. His post up work it down low and kick it out presence could see our shooters a lot of in rhythm catch and shoots. Inside out is what’s up when you’ve got shooters. We’re not using Mobley and Allen that way. I believe Mobley could do that under another role here, but they have him doing what he’s doing (his brother too). Randle, it’s part of his established NBA identity, and if something goes dow, I would welcome Julius Randle to that Cavaliers with a lot of optimism for what he could bring.

    Rooting for that guy.

  2. I think Julius randle is a great player and he is the reason why the knicks have gotta better. 4 or 5 years ago knicks were winning like 25 games and were a laughing stock. I would keep Randle and continue to build up. Since he was a great player and got better when they added Jalen Brunson they got to the next level. Now with o.g they will be even better. Keep Julius and add not trade him.

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