The New York Knicks have one roster spot remaining, no more cap space, and a pretty glaring need for a third point guard. Could Summer League hero Chasson Randle be in the mix? Marc Berman spoke to the agent of the former Stanford guard, who claimed that the Knicks are one of three teams in the mix to sign his client:
"We're in discussions with the Knicks, and he's narrowed it down to two other teams,'' his agent Kevin Bradbury told The Post. "For a young guy, it's all about situations. He's trying to figure out what's the best fit and how he'd work with the Knicks."
Not one, but two mystery teams! A ménage à mystery! An interesting tidbit from the Berman article: The Knicks, along with the Golden State Warriors, actually offered Randle a training camp invite last year. With no guaranteed money on the table, however, Randle decided to ply his trade in Europe.
If Randle was looking for guaranteed money last season, he sure as hell will be looking for it again following a successful season overseas and a standout performance in Orlando. DraftExpress rated Randle one of the top 10 prospects in Orlando, right alongside 2015 first-round picks Stanley Johnson and Cameron Payne:
Randle flourishes on the offensive end of the floor using his speed and ball handling ability to get to his spots and score the basketball. Randle has also proven to be a consistent threat from deep with a quick release, shooting 42.5% from deep on over 4.5 attempts per game in Europe last year and going 11-20 from deep in Orlando. At 6'2, Randle is more of a scoring guard than a point guard, but his 6'7 wingspan does help him compensate for that somewhat. In Orlando he showed the ability to make some reads out of the pick and roll and get the ball to his teammates in transition.
If I had to guess, I'd say the Knicks won't be the team to pull the trigger on Chasson Randle. Phil Jackson went heavy on young, unproven bigs to fill out the back end of the roster (Maurice Ndour, Willy Hernangomez, Marshall Plumlee???) and will likely hold out for a veteran point guard to back up Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings. Hell, that's probably the smart move. But I sure wouldn't mind watching young Randle in the orange and blue next season.