You can say the Knicks got lucky. After releasing Chasson Randle following a refreshingly productive training camp, New York allowed him to play in the D-League. Though the organization was able to keep close tabs on him in Westchester, they were essentially developing him for another team.
Free to sign with any interested club, Randle intrigued the 76ers and signed a multi-year deal by the end of January. For the Knicks, he was immediately the one that got away, especially considering how their decision to roll out a veteran squad wasn't resulting in a legitimate playoff push. They needed to be focusing on developing their youth and Randle should have been a part of that all along.