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Julius Randle wants to stay with Knicks amid trade rumors

Julius Randle, Knicks

Julius Randle wants to stay with the New York Knicks despite being the subject of trade rumors recently.

The Knicks reportedly had internal talks about trading Randle before the NBA’s Feb. 6 trade deadline.

Randle signed a three-year deal with the Knicks this past summer in free agency. He’s making $18 million this season.

In 49 games for the Knicks this season, Randle is averaging 18.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists. The lefty is shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 26.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The Knicks are 15-36 on the season, well out of playoff contention for yet another year. They will miss the playoffs again and could be active at the deadline, as players like Randle, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Bobby Portis and Frank Ntilikina have been mentioned in several trade rumors this week.

Randle, who began his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, has career averages of 15.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists with the Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans and Knicks. While he has never been with a successful team, Randle could undoubtedly help a contender.

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