As the NBA trade deadline approaches, the strong play of New York Knicks forward Julius Randle not only has his name in the conversation for an All-Star nomination, but also has seen his name involved in trade rumors.
Randle’s career-year has seen him post 23.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 5.5 assists and a key factor into the Knicks strong play after years of being a perennial bottom feeder in the Eastern Conference.
Despite the interest that Randle may be drawing, the Knicks are planning on keeping him as part of a young core they are developing for the future, according to SNY’s Ian Bagley, who spoke about the possibility that Randle is traded this season.
“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,” Begley said on the latest episode of The Putback with Ian Begley (h/t Yahoo Sports). 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.”