Knicks Rumors: New York could explore trading Julius Randle to land another star

Julius Randle suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in April and played just 46 games in 2023-24. The Knicks played the playoffs without Randle, sparking much speculation that New York might explore the possibility of trading the All-Star.

Before the injury, Randle was averaging 24 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5 assists per game while shooting 31.1 percent from long range. Randle has two seasons left on a four-year, $117 million contract.

The power forward will have a cap hit of $28.9 million next season. Randle can opt out of his deal to become a free agent in 2025. Fred Katz of The Athletic reported that the Knicks could explore the idea of ​​trading Randle if it meant getting another star.

“The Knicks are not looking to trade Randle, but recognize that their search for a star may require doing so,” Katz noted in the May 24 article titled “Julius Randle Extension, NBA Draft Musings and Other Storylines Knicks offseason.” “If a suitable target doesn’t emerge this summer, then they could turn their eyes to the 2025 trade deadline, hoping to land one then.”

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