NY Knicks: Why a Julius Randle for James Harden swap makes sense

NY Knicks, Julius Randle, James Harden Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NY Knicks, Julius Randle, James Harden
NY Knicks, Julius Randle, James Harden (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Should the NY Knicks go ALL IN for James Harden?

This past summer, the Knicks were looking for a Point Guard who could break down a defense and operate in the half-court to run the team.

The problem here was that there weren’t too many guys like that available on the open market.

Lonzo Ball is best in transition and Kyle Lowry had his heart set on a true contender.

It was slim pickings this offseason so they ended up with Kemba Walker who is by no means a half-court maestro.

Insert James Harden.

Harden picks defenses apart and can lead an offense all on his own, something Thibs has had before in MVP Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler but doesn’t have today.

I think it goes without saying that Thibs isn’t an offensively minded head coach, and needs someone to run his offense for him.

It seems as if the Knicks can’t draw up any other plays besides the high pick-and-roll over and over again.

If they’re not going to invest in getting Thibs an offensive coordinator of sorts to run the offense for him, the next best thing is a Superstar who can do it instead.

The Knicks are in a prime position to make a move of this caliber without completely decimating the team.

They’d have enough assets left over even after the trade is done and the dust settles to attract another Star to come join Harden in the summer.

And this would give him the ability to choose who joins him.

If you want to point your finger at his days in Houston and say it’s the same thing, you’re simply incorrect.

We know what Harden needs, and it’s not Chris Paul or Russell Westbrook.

There happens to be a player by the name of Bradley Beal who could also be testing free agency this summer, who is easily better than Russ or Paul.

Harden has been running the point this season anyway, may as well have Beal be his version of Kyrie this year.

Lastly, it’s evident that the Julius Randle experiment has failed.

We thought we had an up-and-coming Superstar but in reality, all we had was an overachieving role player.

It may be best for both sides to amicably part ways.

A lot of fans have been calling for Evan Fournier’s head this season, so why not send him across the Brooklyn Bridge instead?

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