The New York Knicks' fall from grace was as sudden and dramatic as his short-lived success was. It seemed like Tom Thibodeau had found their identity and that they were poised to compete for years to come, but that's no longer the case.
The Knicks' confidence was shattered as soon as they faced the Atlanta Hawks in the playoffs. Worryingly, it seems like it never came back even after a full season went by.
Kemba Won't Play Again This Season
Kemba Walker's addition did little to nothing to help the team's chances. If anything, he looked like a shell of himself and was one of the team's scapegoats early in the season, up to the point where he was completely out of the rotation.
That, plus Julius Randle's regression, has several insiders thinking that both could be packaged on a trade in the offseason, with the Sacramento Kings as a potential destination.
Knicks Get A Big Return
According to NBA Analysis, the Knicks could send both Randle and Walker alongside a 2027 first-round pick in return for Richaun Holmes, Harison Barnes, Justin Holiday, a top-5 protected first-round pick in 2023, and a second-round pick via Portland in 2025.
That way, the Knicks would find a replacement for Mitchell Robinson, who's expected to walk in free agency, while also landing a solid wing stopper in Holmes and Barnes, respectively. Holiday would give them another scorer off the bench, and the draft capital is hard to turn down.
Kings Land A Potential Star
The Kings, on the other hand, would take a risk to land another borderline All-Star in Julius Randle to play alongside Domantas Sabonis and De'Aaron Fox.
While spacing wouldn't exactly be ideal with this Big 3, they could be a legit dark horse in the Western Conference and put an end to their 16-year playoff drought, as Randle already proved what he could do alongside another frontcourt star during his days with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Knicks Are Worried About Randle
Even if the Knicks don't manage to get this deal done, we still expect them to be quite aggressive in their attempt to get rid of Julius Randle.
His erratic behavior this season and his regression have reportedly made the organization 'worried' about his psyche, and he doesn't seem to be enjoying his stay at MSG anymore.
As we mentioned before, he's still capable of being a steady contributor for a contender, but maybe he's not made to be a franchise player.