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Knicks’ Julius Randle not worried about trade rumors

Julius Randle, Knicks

Julius Randle’s name has been thrown in the fire as a potential trade candidate, given how the New York Knicks free-agent signings have failed to click as expected.

Randle holds some value as one of the younger yet developed pieces on their roster, but the sixth-year pro isn’t sweating the rumors with less than three weeks remaining before the Feb. 6 deadline expires.

“Any concern?” said Randle, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. “Nah, bro. Honestly, I ain’t worried about it. You start — my sixth year, you start to realize this is a business. You can’t worry about what you can’t control.’’

The Knicks have also received interest in veteran Marcus Morris, who leads the team in scoring and 3-point shooting. Morris has expressed eager willingness to remain with the team until his contract expires at the end of the season, and members of the front office have seen the value of having a leader in the locker room as a potential pillar.

Morris is 30 years old and Randle is just 25 but has holes in his game, though the prospect of developing him could entice enough teams to take a flyer on his talents.

The Kentucky product has double-double upside with plenty of athleticism and a nose for the ball. If he finds himself out of The Big Apple in the next few weeks, the Knicks would have room to rebuild around Morris as one of the stanchions for the next era.