Rock Island's Chassen Randle signs with the Knicks
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 01, 2017,
Mar 01, 2017, 6:24
Brandon Jennings will join the Wizards should he clear waivers after being jettisoned by the Knicks.
A return to the Detroit Pistons was suggested but shot down by coach Stan Van Gundy.
Not to mention, the Hornets are only one game ahead of the Knicks in the standings.
Perhaps not coincidentally, team president Phil Jackson's confidant Charley Rosen wrote Sunday that Jennings "is another player who resists the triangle" and is "a profound disappointment".
Jennings told the Knicks that he "wanted to play for a playoff team", according to ESPN's Marc J. Spears. The Westchester Knicks had Randle's D-League rights, but he refused to rejoin them, according to a source, as he was in talks with two other National Basketball Association teams.
Some teams, like the 76ers, Nets, Nuggets, Timberwolves, and Jazz have the cap space to claim him and the remainder of his $5,000,000 salary this season. His only issue was decision-making and efficiency, and that's not something you want from your point guard.
Jennings will have a similar role with the Wizards as he did with the Knicks, where he averaged 8.6 points per game despite issues with the triangle offense. But Anthony, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, wasn't moved before last week's trade deadline.
At 24-36, the New York Knicks are having a wildly underwhelming season. The Knicks said he will be re-evaluated in three to four weeks. Jennings also attributed him missing a game to his Achilles' soreness.
While the Knicks still talk about a playoff push and how small the gap is between them and the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, their actions Monday showed an acknowledgement of the reality - that the team is planning on another appearance in the NBA Draft Lottery. They could attempt to move him in the offseason if the free agency process creates holes on the rosters of other teams, which invariably that does take place.
Randle played well for the Knicks in training camp and the preseason before fracturing his orbital bone. CBS Sports cited the New York Daily News' Frank Isola as the source of the rumors, saying that the former league MVP "could be next" to get out of New York.
That dish comes from Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.
Chasson Randle is back where it all began this season. It will not be known how long Noah will be out, until after the surgery is completed.
Meanwhile, Noah's first season as a Knick is all but over, leaving rookie Willy Hernangomez with the starting center's job, possibly for years.