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Report: Knicks, Hornets have discussed a trade involving Julius Randle, Terry Rozier

Would the Knicks be willing to take Rozier’s contract? We break down what’s being discussed before the deadline.

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As per usual, the New York Knicks find themselves wrapped up in another rumor. Now it appears they have inquired about Terry Rozier, which would be an odd fit for what their expected plan was supposed to be. Prior to the season, Steve Mills said the Knicks weren’t looking to take on any long term contracts to keep cap space open for future free agency periods. Rozier recently signed a three-year contract worth $56.7 million. Julius Randle also has a three-year deal, but the final season is a team option.

The Charlotte Hornets should be thrilled if they can find somebody willing to take on Rozier’s contract. He’s played decently well this season, but it’s hard to think he’s more than a guy putting up good stats on a bad team. He’s only shooting 41.9% from the field this season and averages 2.4 turnovers per game to just 4.3 assists.

Playing with the Knicks, Randle’s numbers have regressed from his level of play last season with the New Orleans Pelicans. His 52.4% true shooting is easily his lowest efficiency since his first full season in the league. From the Knicks’ side, the biggest issue is being tethered to an extra year of salary by taking on Rozier. New York hopes to be a player in the big 2021 summer free agency and adding Rozier would cut into cap space.