As new Knicks president Leon Rose takes over, he'll have to go through a hard evaluation of the team's current roster and see which pieces he likes and dislikes.
Among that list is Julius Randle: a young, talented power forward who signed a two-year deal with a third-year club option last offseason to highlight the Knicks' free agent signees. Unlike his other free-agent counterparts, Randle had that extra year for the 2020-21 season guaranteed.
But that doesn't necessarily mean the Knicks want to keep him around.
As SNY's Ian Begley points out in the video above, the Knicks were discussing a potential package with the Hornets to land Terry Rozier before the trade deadline in February -- and in that deal was Randle.
Maybe that's because his teammates didn't like that he was holding on to the ball too much. According to Begley's sources, players like RJ Barrett were displeased with the way Randle continuously held the ball for too long during the season, which would make the offense stagnant.
When David Fizdale was fired as the team's head coach, there was a players-only meeting conducted by Marcus Morris -- who was eventually traded to the Clippers -- about needing to win and having players stop holding the ball for too long. Randle and even Barrett were among those players.
So what does this all mean? It all contributes to Rose's evaluation of Randle and whether or not it's worth exploring that trade possibility again.
But, as Begley points out, fresh starts are normally given to players when a new president -- and head coach -- come into play. That could very well be the case with Randle.
"Yes, Randle has his flaws but I think he showed this season he's a talented offensive player, and I think if you surround him with the right pieces, the right guards, the right wings, he can thrive and he can be part of a winning situation," Begley explained. "Clearly this year the situation wasn't right for Randle and wasn't right for the Knicks in New York."
Randle was just behind Morris as the Knicks' leading scorer, averaging 19.5 points per game this season. He also had 9.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and shot 46 percent from the field. His biggest mark of concern, though, was his three-point shooting at 27.7 percent while taking about 3.6 threes per game.