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Knicks Trade Rumors: NY Not Ready to Attach Draft Picks to Julius Randle in Deal

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Julius Randle has been contained in trade rumors through the entire summer, however the NY Knicks, while exploring their options, have already been unwilling to add draft picks to go him, based on the Athletic’s Fred Katz.

“The Knicks, meanwhile, havent been ready to attach a first-rounder or two to send him elsewhere,” Katz wrote.

Katz reported in June during an appearance on the Callin Shots podcast (h/t R.P. Salao of Clutch Points) that the Knicks had exploratory conversations about moving Randle. However, Katz noted it might be difficult to trade the veteran after he took a step backward through the 2021-22 campaign:

“The Knicks have inquired with other teams about moving Julius Randle. … I’m not optimistic. If you are a person who wants them to trade Randle, I wouldn’t predict that’s what goes on come early july. We’re discussing like giving him away. Maybe invest the back a contract of equal value.”

Randle had a wildly successful 2020-21, averaging 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 71 games while shooting 45.6 percent from the ground and 41.1 percent from deep on the way to his first All-Star selection.

However, his numbers dipped through the 2021-22 season as he averaged 20.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 72 games while shooting 41.1 percent from the ground and 30.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Randle’s struggles last season contributed to the Knicks finishing 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 37-45 record and missing the playoffs for the eighth amount of time in the final nine seasons.

Taking into consideration the 27-year-old’s dip in production and the truth that he signed a four-year, $117.1 million extension last summer, it’s no real surprise teams may be searching for the Knicks to add some draft capital.

It is also unsurprising that the Knicks are unwilling to add first-round draft picks to go the Kentucky product.

If the Knicks are to obtain Donovan Mitchell, they’ll need as much first-round picks as you possibly can to obtain the Utah Jazz star.

NY offered Utah Obi Toppin, Evan Fournier and five future first-round draft pickstwo unprotectedfor Mitchell, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Tony Jones. However, Jazz president Danny Ainge wants four unprotected future picks rather than the two the Knicks offered, per Marc Berman of the NY Post.

With negotiations for Mitchell’s services ongoing, there’s likely no chance the Knicks would attach a first-round pick to go Randle.

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