The New York Knicks may have a surprisingly decent start, but that hasn’t stopped rumors from swirling around their top scorer, Julius Randle, and his future with the team. The young big man has also found himself mentioned in various business ideas over the past few weeks, including one that would send him to the Charlotte Hornets – a team with plenty of backcourt talent but considerably weaker when it comes to frontcourt rotation.
As the NBA Analysis Network pointed out Saturday, the Knicks are a team that may need a point guard upgrade. Although Elfrid Payton produced solidly as a starter and Immanuel Quickley showed some promise from the bench, New York in particular overtook Tyrese Haliburton – who ultimately went to the Sacramento Kings – and used the # 9 draft pick last year. forward. Obi Toppin, slowed down due to injuries. Meanwhile, the Hornets currently have an obstacle in the backcourt, with Terry Rozier, Devonte ‘Graham and rookie LaMelo Ball all competing for significant minutes.
The Hornets could clear up the guard issue and address their lack of great men of quality by acquiring Randle from the Knicks for Graham, center Cody Zeller, and a selection of the top five first-round proteges from Project 2022. The move, as noted, could give Charlotte a more balanced lineup, potentially helping them become more competitive in the Eastern Conference.