Julius Randle wants to stay with Knicks long term

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New York Knicks Julius Randle dunks vs Sacramento Kings
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Knicks star Julius Randle said on Thursday that his thinking when it comes to being a Knick long term hasn't changed.

The 26-year-old Randle is in the second season of a three-year deal worth $62.1 million and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021-22 season.

SNY's Ian Begley reported on Feb. 17 that while many with the Knicks view Randle as a key cog, the team would likely have conversations about a potential Randle trade ahead of this year's deadline.

“Based on a conversation I’ve had with somebody earlier this month, there are prominent members of the Knicks organization that feel Randle is part of this young core that they’re trying to move forward with,” Begley said on The Putback with Ian Begley.

"However, you have to take calls if you’re the Knicks ahead of the trade deadline on potential Julius Randle trades just because you have to see what his value is. I’m not saying the Knicks would be motivated to make a deal based on that conversation. So I would expect the Knicks to have those conversations. Whether anything comes to fruition remains to be seen.”

The Knicks' salary cap situation is terrific, as is their upcoming draft capital. So their options right now when it comes to continuing to build the roster are wide open.

Randle has turned himself into an All-Star this season, earning his first career nod after a disappointing first season in New York.

Along with Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett, Randle has helped turn the Knicks into a legitimate playoff contender this season -- ahead of schedule as the team has meshed quickly under new head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Randle opened up about this season and the current Knicks team in a piece he penned on Thursday in the Players' Tribune.

"More than any team I’ve ever been on, with this year’s Knicks, it feels like we have a collective purpose," Randle wrote. "And I think that’s also one of the things that Thibs has been great at bringing to the table. This idea of how we can have our goals as individuals, and then our goals as a team.... and if we have the right mindset, there’s no reason those goals can’t feed into each other. It just feels like something good is happening.

"And I guess that’s how I feel about my own season as well. It’s been a lot of hard work paying off: as a shooter, as a passer, as a leader — man, you name it. And on a personal level, like I said.... it’s been a long and winding road."