Teams monitor a possible trade for the star of their Sixers rival

After defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs, the New York Knicks went blow-for-blow against the Indiana Pacers in the second round.

Despite being the top seed and the favorites to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Knicks fell short. Like the Sixers, New York started the offseason earlier than desired.

The Knicks have some big questions about the future regarding some of their key players. According the athletic one NBA Insider Shams Charania, there is some interest in a possible Julius Randle trade from rival organizations.

February 10, 2023;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States;  New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) grabs

February 10, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) grabs / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

“They’re looking for the next player if he’s available, whenever that may be,” Charania said on FanDuel TV. Run it againregarding the Knicks’ interest in adding another high-impact player.

Is the return of the injured Julius Randle good enough to bring in a high-level player they are reportedly hoping to land? Or will Randle’s financial situation cause them to seek a trade sooner rather than later? Apparently, the teams are attentive to the situation.

“Julius Randle has a player option in 2025. He is eligible for a four-year, $181.5 million contract extension this summer. The teams are monitoring this situation for sure because of how they handle that extension situation; If that is a conversation, what happens will be interesting,” Charania explained. “If you think about personal property and salaries, obviously Julius Randle has the number if you’re able to make a big deal.”

With Tobias Harris set to hit free agency this summer, the Sixers will find themselves in the market for a power forward. While the Sixers are expected to explore the trade market, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which the two Atlantic Division rivals get anything done.

New York showed its willingness to negotiate with Atlantic rivals during the 2023-2024 NBA season, when they reached an agreement with the Toronto Raptors to land OG Anunoby. However, the Raptors were clearly headed toward a rebuild and not championship contention.

The Sixers’ most valuable assets available right now are draft picks. If the Knicks are going to part with an All-Star caliber forward, their most significant return won’t be picks unless another team is involved in getting them a prominent player in the deal.

Philadelphia could have its eyes on Randle’s situation in New York, but probably for different reasons. With the Knicks expected to be playoff contenders next season, the Sixers will compete with New York to add impact players for next year’s run.