Julius Randle, New York Knicks
It would not be surprising if the New York Knicks entered the offseason with the hope of making another big move, likely via trade. And if that does end up materializing for the team, there’s a good chance that Julius Randle ends up being part of that change. Maybe the Knicks find their next move, but need a team to take on the remainder of Randle’s contract – he’s due $52 million over the next two seasons and has a player option ($29 million) for a third.
The Pacers could theoretically step up to the plate and eat that deal, for the right price. If the Pacers can add another asset or two in exchange for absorbing Randle’s contract, they should be open to it. And not just because they would add another future asset, but also because Randle is a good player.
He may not ever be a great player or a true No. 1 option, but he won’t have to be a lead man for the Pacers. And if he doesn’t have that pressure on him, perhaps he can even take his efficiency numbers to another level.
To be frank, I’m not sure if a Randle-Turner frontcourt would fit perfectly together but it’s certainly workable since neither necessarily need to be full-time paint presences.