Deeeez Knicks wrote:moocow007 wrote:FutureKnicksGM wrote:
Randle is not a fit, but he’s not trash.
Batum will be lucky to get another vet min deal (while being paid $27 mill), he’s washed, he literally moves slower than Melo on the court.
Hopefully Perry won’t be as defeatist to accept trash in return.
Randle really going to be THjr 2.0? ‘Trash’ here, gets ‘dumped’ for nothing, but instantly becomes a decent 3rd option for a playoff team as soon as he is out of a Knicks jersey.
Yep. This is where the grass is greener, the other teams big contract is better rears is ugly head again. This is actually a perfect example cause folks haven't seen how absolutely brutal Batum has been and still fantasizing about the Batum from his prime. At least Randle does something on the floor. Batum doesn't contribute much of anything, not even on the defensive end where he's an even bigger net negative than Randle. The only thing this does is get the Knicks less salary cap space for next offseason (Batum will be owed $7 million more than Randle) by offsetting that the following offseason when Batum will be a UFA while Randle would need to be paid $4 million to get out of his contract a year early.
The trade wouldn't be about Batum. It's more about clearing out Randle so we can put better fitting pieces around RJ and Mitch while clearing salary for the following season. Maybe we even get a 2nd rounder or something to sweeten the deal.
Grass wouldn't be greener. But Randle is like having an inflatable santa clogging the lawn in July. He just doesn't fit here. We desperately need better spacing and more shooting. Not that Randle is the lone reason the Knicks are bad, but it's just a step in trying to put a cohesive team together to help the young players.
Batum would give the Knicks neither (better spacing or better shooting) and would be a pure dead weight contract making $27 million. So if the plan is to just sit Batum and not let him on the floor, why not just do it with Randle? Are we protecting Miller or whomever the next Knick head coach from hmself? Don't you think that a guy like Miller would stop Randle from doing "his own thing" if he actually thought the Knicks had a better option? I'm not seeing why Knick fans need to always be looking for that one guy to blame things on. The Knicks offense was among the least efficient not just because of Randle or even mostly Randle. They had no one that can create shots whatsoever. That is the reason why their offense stunk...not because Randle being the best offensive player (such as it was) trying (being forced to) doing what he isn't suited for.