Knicks Rumors: Is a De’Aaron Fox/Julius Randle swap in the works?

De'Aaron Fox, Knicks rumors. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
De'Aaron Fox, Knicks rumors. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, Knicks rumors have started to heat up, with the latest being centered around Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox.

With both the New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings being two teams frequently brought up in trade rumors and discussion, there could be a potential fit between these two teams.

ESPN insider Brian Windhorst appeared on the Hoop Collective podcast and stated,

"“This has been reported elsewhere, but I’ve heard as well that the Knicks have shown some interest in De’Aaron Fox…The player that makes the most sense in that swap is Julius Randle.”"

Knicks Rumors: Is a De’Aaron Fox/ Julius Randle swap in the works?

It feels like this one could have some legs.

Both of these teams are underachieving this season.

In what was supposed to be a “next step” year from both organizations, they’ve both found themselves taking a step backward with their foot stuck in the mud.

For the Kings, there are some nice young players in place, but they all play the same position. Between Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and Davion Mitchell, the Kings have 3 guards who they want to feature going forward. Fox, who just signed a long-term extension and has been in the league for a few years now, seems like the most likely to go.

The Knicks are probably a more complicated situation.

NY has a roster that’s jammed with veterans and young players, with a head coach who won’t adjust his rotations, and they keep losing games.

In the long-term, New York isn’t in as much of a jam as they were in years past with a bunch of long-term deals, dead money, and an unproven track record.

Still, their struggles have boiled over into a lot of frustration, especially from Julius Randle, who hasn’t been anywhere close to the player he was last season.

Of all of the Knicks Rumors, what makes this one so noteworthy is the truly ideal fit of the trade.

The Kings have one of the worst frontcourts in the NBA. Maybe the worst. Adding Randle would give them a dynamic front court player to pair with both their young guards and their wing players, and it would give them a much more well-roundED roster.

New York hasn’t a legit potential All-Star at point guard in… who knows how long? With Derrick Rose’s injury, they are desperate at the position.

Adding a young player like Fox fits their timeline and meshes well with the rest of the roster.

Only time will tell, but this trade idea is starting to heat up with the deadline coming in hot.

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