Knicks’ Julius Randle ‘likely’ out for rest of season
Julius Randle probably played his last game with the Knicks this season.
Anything beyond this point must be determined.
A day after Randle (quadruple) was ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Cavaliers but the team said there were no plans to stop him, coach Tom Thibodeau offered a bigger prediction dark.
” He went out [Sunday, too] and will likely be eliminated the rest of the way,” Thibodeau said. “He’s had this nagging thing for a while.”
All of Randle’s numbers plummeted after last season, when he was named All-NBA Second Team and league Most Improved Player. He is averaging 20.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 72 games.
The Knicks, who were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Thursday, finish Sunday against the Magic, Wednesday against the Nets, Friday against the Wizards and next Sunday against the Raptors.
“We have a week left and he’s not going to travel [to Orlando] and now we’re down to three games,” said Thibodeau. “If he feels good, maybe there is a possibility [to return]but most likely where we are – just let him get healthy and go from there.
Randle’s four-year, $117 million contract extension signed last offseason will begin next season. He denied earlier this week that he was seeking a trade after his once excellent relationship with the fanbase soured this year and questions about his efforts were raised.
“I think he’s going to have a great summer,” Thibodeau said.