Knicks Notes: Randle, Bench, Lopez

Chasson Randle, who is currently nursing a fractured orbital bone, has begun his rehab stint with the West Chester Knicks and New York is expected to add him to the roster once he is ready to play, Marc Berman of the New York Post writes. The Knicks currently have 15 players under contract, as the team’s depth chart at Roster Resource indicates, so they will have to make a corresponding move.

Here’s more from the Eastern Conference:

  • Randle will be a nice addition, but the Knicks‘ bench remains an area of concern, Berman opines in the same piece. In Friday night’s win over the Bulls, the starters accounted for 100 of the team’s 117 points, causing Berman to speculate that the team could look to the trade market to bolster the second unit.
  • Robin Lopez was surprised when he found out that he was traded to the Bulls this past offseason, though the big man is happy about his new home, as he tells Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. “You know that’s how the league works,” Lopez said “I’m grateful for my experience in New York, for the season I was there, and I’m excited to be in Chicago as well. Very excited.”
  • Lopez said it was an “eye-opening” experience playing for the Knicks and he added that he wouldn’t have signed elsewhere had he known he would be traded just one season into his four-year deal, as he tells Scotto in the same piece. “Oh, not at all, not at all,” Lopez said. “Like I said, I think there are a lot of positives [that come] to mind from that experience.”

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