The New York Knicks are getting to play the Toronto Raptors Monday night at the Garden, and they’ll be joined by a new (old) friend.
Same friends, new location. #Westchester ➡️ #NewYork #KNICKS pic.twitter.com/jmeWwtCZOJ— Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) February 27, 2017
Welcome back, @ChassonRandle! #NYKvsTOR #Knicks pic.twitter.com/vCNxbkXRz9— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 27, 2017
Chasson's back in the big pic.twitter.com/59fXKxfMka— Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) February 27, 2017
That’s right folks — Chasson Randle is in the house! The sweet-shooting guard was sitting around in Philly, probably feeling pretty low after he was cut by the Sixers, when he received a call from the organization who gave him a shot in pre-season. And pretty soon he was driving up the New Jersey Turnpike on his way to MSG.
Meanwhile, Jeff Hornacek met with beat reporters to explain the thought process which led to the release of Brandon Jennings, as well as the acquisition of Randle:
Jeff Hornacek said Jennings wanted to play more minutes and his waiving will open up more minutes for Ron Baker.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 27, 2017
Hornacek says Randle and Baker will both serve as backup lead guards for NYK. Baker will probably have the 1st opportunity off the bench.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 27, 2017
Sounds good to me! Unfortunately, these moves may not mean the number of minutes you’d think, as Hornacek is considering playing Derrick Rose even more.
Derrick Rose may play more minutes now, Hornacek says.— Mike Vorkunov (@Mike_Vorkunov) February 27, 2017
He hasn’t had any knee-related problems this season, but pushing Rose’s minutes on a go-nowhere team in a contract year seems like a bad idea for just about everyone involved. Oh well.
Welcome back, Chasson!