During the 2020-21 pandemic stricken NBA Season, New York Knicks star Julius Randle was playing at an MVP level in front of a limited amount of fans inside Madison Square Garden. Randle averaged a career best 24.1-points to go along with another career best 10.2-rebounds per game. He also averaged a career best in the assists category with six per game last season. Fast forward to the 2021-22 NBA season, Randle wasn’t as comfortable as Leon Rose would say. Randle struggled with the fans and his shooting percentage fell as well. Effort and body language started to diminish as the season continued.
Unlikely, Desperation Deals Available This Upcoming Offseason.
There are deals in which the Knicks can get rid of Randle. However, getting rid of the number one scoring option comes with pressure of immediately improving the Knicks roster. Rumors are circulating about a potential scenario where Julius Randle, Evan Fournier, and Kemba Walker gets traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Russell Westbrook and draft compensation. Would that be a risk Knicks front office would take? Would that be the route Lakers front office take? What specific draft compensation would the Knicks front office seek from the Lakers? Westbrook currently has a little over $47 million owed to him between this year and next year.
Detroit Pistons are in desperate need of rebounding and scoring. Julius Randle fits both categories. Question is whether or not the Pistons are willing to address those categories immediately this offseason. If so, there’s a subpar scenario for the Knicks in which Jerami Grant and draft compensation comes to MSG in exchange for Randle. That would be a desperate and unlikely move for both front offices. Jerami Grant’s contract ends after 2022-23 season. Julius Randle’s contract is three years longer, ending after the 2025-26 season. Randle has a player option for the last year on his contract.
Julius Randle, Worldwide Wes & Allan Houston Spotted At Game 1 In Dallas.
Julius Randle, Worldwide Wes and Allan Houston, who is slightly obscured in Marc Stein’s photo seemed to be hanging out, or holding a Knicks staff meeting in Dallas. A few players in this first round series have been tied to the New York Knicks. There seems to be a reason why Marc Berman of the New York Post made a suggestion about Knicks fans watching the Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz series closely while speaking on the Knicks, Jets, Etc. Podcast. During the first half of this game Donovan Mitchell struggled shooting the ball scoring just 2-points. During the Toyota Halftime Show on ESPN, Stephen A Smith stated Donovan Mitchell will have more in the second half. Jalen Rose made a slick remark stating Donovan Mitchell is already playing like a Knick. Could there be a three team trade in the works between Utah, New York, and Dallas? Only time will tell.
End Of Season Emergence Of Obi Toppin Has Thibodeau’s Attention.
Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley played exceptionally well towards the end of the NBA 2021-22 regular season. Even though many young players throughout the NBA put on a show during the season finale, Obi Toppin’s career high 42-points against the Toronto Raptors was nothing short of special in front of the raucous Madison Square Garden crowd. April 8th 2022, Toppin scored 35-points against the Washington Wizards. Marc Berman of the New York Post let The Knick Of Time Show know that Tom Thibodeau has regrets about not going to the young guys earlier in the season. Could Tom Thibodeau take good advantage of the young depth next season leading to more wins for New York in the Eastern Conference standings?
Tom Thibodeau Has Regrets And Wants To Make Things Right.
With Marc Berman stating Tom Thibodeau’s remorse for not trusting the young Knicks core earlier in the season, Knicks coach put too much pressure on the starters and veterans. Thibodeau is a hard worker, however, stubbornness is also a two edged sword. Great to be stubborn when one is right, however, traumatic to be stubborn when one is incorrect. Tom’s stubbornness may have caused the Knicks a playoff berth and put Alec Burks in the upper echelon in terms of minutes played at point guard. Thibs isn’t on the hot seat, however, one can only imagine more pressure hanging over Thibs head next season.