The 2019-20 season will resume at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, with games starting on July 31st. There will only be nine Eastern Conference teams competing at Disney World in Orlando, and the list does not include the Chicago Bulls.
Two of the teams that were at the bottom of the table in the East this season, before the midfield break in mid-March, were the Bulls and the New York Knicks. In recent years, two of the largest market franchises in the east have continued to struggle in the middle of two rebuilds. And both could make further changes to coaching staff and rosters this season in good manners.
According to a report by Marc Berman from the New York Post on June 6, the Knicks are open to hearing potential commercial proposals for the extraordinary future Julius Randle. This report comes in the middle of all the rumors about the Knicks’ search to find a coach replacement for the late David Fizdale, who was released at the start of the regular 2019-2020 season.
Randle has been effective for the Knicks this season, but doesn’t seem to be in their long-term plans to build around characters like ex-ex-Duke Blue Devils RJ Barrett. With that, it could be moving quickly when it is eligible to trade in this off-season.
Randle is clearly an attacker capable of averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, when he is commonly in the top five. Even leaving the bench, it would be an exceptional post presence and would add precious depth of field.
If the Bulls are looking to launch one of the trio that includes power forward / center Cristiano Felicio, striker Thaddeus Young or striker Lauri Markkanen, then he could make room for Randle. Who knows, the Bulls might also be able to set up an exchange involving artists of the caliber of Randle and Young, among other players that could be included.