The New York Knicks remain open to trading big man Julius Randle whenever the 2020 offseason period officially begins, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Randle signed a three-year, $62.1 million contract with the Knicks in the summer of 2019. Berman writes:
“Undoubtedly the Knicks are open to [trading Randle]. His contract for next season ($18.9 million) is manageable but the downside is he will count $4 million on the 2021 cap if they don’t exercise his team option after next season.
“The 2021 free-agent class is golden. Randle had his moments as a double-double force and is still early in his prime. But Randle’s defense is below average and it’s been reported here his knack of over-dribbling frustrated some teammates, including RJ Barrett. And a bigger disappointment was Randle lost his magic from the 3-point line (27.7 percent). As David Fizdale noted recently, the Knicks could use a 3-point shooting stretch 4. Someone like, say Kristaps Porzingis.”
Randle averaged 19.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Knicks in 64 games before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March due to COVID-19. Multiple reports have stated that several New York players grew frustrated by Randle's ball-hog mentality.
The Knicks won't be going to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida when basketball resumes. New York was in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 21-45 before Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 and the season was suspended.
Randle has career NBA averages of 16.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 375 games with the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans and Knicks.