This Celtics-Knicks trade puts Julius Randle on title contender

The New York Knicks have come back down to Earth this season after a 5-3 start to the 2020-21 NBA season. They have lost their last four in a row and have scored over 90 points just one time. One player who has continued to shine is Julius Randle. He is off to a red-hot start and the Knicks could take advantage and trade the big man prior to the NBA trade deadline. Could the Boston Celtics be an option?

Randle is averaging 22.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game this season. He is coming off a 30-point performance against the Brooklyn Nets. Randle is playing 37.3 minutes per game, which is near the top of the league. In typical Tom Thibodeau fashion, both Randle and R.J. Barrett are up there in minutes per game this season.

The Knicks have a decision to make with Randle. He is 26-years old so the front office must decide if they are going to trade him or sign him. Randle is currently in the second year of a three-year deal signed last offseason.

If they decide to go the route of a trade, the Boston Celtics will be interested. They inquired about James Harden before he was sent to the Brooklyn Nets so it is obvious they are interested in adding another piece.

While Randle is not Harden, he is still an extremely productive player at a position that the team needs. Boston needs help in the frontcourt and that is what Randle could bring on both sides of the floor. He is an improved defender this season in New York.

The Boston Celtics are a win-now team with their sights set on winning the Eastern Conference this season. This trade would help them accomplish that goal. Here is what it might take to send Julius Randle to Boston prior to the NBA trade deadline.

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