CLEVELAND – Julius Randle's intentions were recognized as an all-star this season after signing a three-year, $ 63 million package with the Knicks on July 1.
This didn't happen because the All-Star reserves were announced last week without Randle. But the 25-year-old striker has reached an all-star level since December 7, when David Fizdale was released in favor of interim coach Mike Miller.
The high-turnover player with low defensive strength has shown a lot in recent weeks and supported the Knicks after Saturday in Indiana in one of the best wins of the season.
He logged 16 points, 18 rebounds, and made a huge late pass to Reggie Bullock for a layup after almost losing the dribble under pressure.
"There were a lot of different adjustments," said Randle during the morning shoot-around at the Rocket Mortgage Arena before their match against the Cavaliers. "This is the third team I've played with in the past three years. Part of it is finding new teammates, adjusting to a different organization, different coaches. There are a lot of adjustment periods, however I still feel comfortable trying to improve game by game. "
Randle's numbers look solid – an average of 18.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists when shooting 44.7 percent. However, his 3-point rate of 26.9 percent was a disappointment.
Randle was with the Lakers two seasons ago, but they chose not to maintain their 2014 lottery choice after completing his rookie contract. Born in Dallaser, he signed with the Pelicans, but was dispensable after they won the Zion Williamson lottery and landed in New York.
The trading date for Thursday could pass, with Randle and Marcus Morris still being tolerated as the Knicks are still evaluating this forward combo for the next season.
If Morris is not traded, there is pressure to commit him to a long-term deal. According to sources, there have been some internal talks about Randle's valuation of the trade – as its removal from the cap would open up more space for Morris.
The Post exclusively reported on January 13 that they were opposed to trading with Morris unless they received an All-Star player in return for wanting to sign it again. The source said late selection in the first round would not be enough.
ESPN reported on Monday There is a mutual interest in long-term business However, it has been confirmed that the Knicks are still open to trading with him if the asset package is high enough.
"Yes, that would be great," said Randle when asked if he hoped the Knicks would stroke. "But I'm starting to understand the basketball business. You cannot predict what will happen. It would be great, but we'll see. "
Miller, who is 10 to 18 years old as the head coach, sees more things from Randle, including more defense activities.
"I think it affected us in so many different ways," said Miller. “You look at a track and really notice the score and efficiency. At this stage we are in, his defense and rebound were off the charts. He has influenced the games in many ways. This is the brand you are looking for. It is not one-dimensional. He does a lot of different things out there and gives us what the game demands and what the team needs. "
Randle likes the way he competes after his slow start.
"Well rounded, man," said Randle. "Whatever it takes to win the last game, that's it."
Last Wednesday, Jae Crowder Randle's lazy Roll Pass stole 52 seconds behind a Memphis router and resulted in a domino effect that culminated in a little brawl. Randle was not punished even though he tried to chase Memphis players.
When asked about his Roll Pass and the consequences, Randle said, "What was my attitude? I have no attitude. I have kept my money. I want to keep my money. "