Julius Randle’s Bold Career Move Sparks Knicks Trade Rumors

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New York Knicks star Julius Randle has left CAA and signed with WME Sports. CAA had repped Randle since he entered the NBA in 2014-15 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Knicks president Leon Rose used to run CAA. Many New York fans were puzzled to see Randle leave CAA for WME Sports.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Julius Randle, New York Knicks Updates

Randle averaged 25.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season while shooting 45.9% from the field, 34.3% from beyond the arc and 75.7% from the free-throw line. The lefty signed a four-year, $117.1 million extension with the Knicks in August 2021. The Kentucky product will make $25.6 million next season and $27.6 million in 2024-25.

The Knicks lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in six games. Randle averaged 16.6 points and 8.3 rebounds in the 2023 playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Heat while shooting 37.4% overall and 25.8% from 3-point land. The All-Star shot only 3-of-14 from the floor in Game 6 versus the Heat in South Beach.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith wants the Knicks to trade Randle. Smith is a huge fan of the Knickerbockers.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Julius Randle, New York Knicks Updates

“Julius Randle, I am done with this man,” Smith said on May 12. “I’m calling for the New York Knicks to trade him. You’re not going to win with him. His body language, the second his shot is not falling, he’s defeated and it has contagious effect. It’s like a virus that hits everybody. … Julius Randle is not the answer. Trade him. He needs to go. Because every postseason, this is what he does, and that’s the way that it is.”

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