Knicks’ Julius Randle to have season-ending surgery

Knicks’ Julius Randle to have season-ending surgery

The New York Knicks announced this morning that three-time All-Star forward Julius Randle will have season-ending right shoulder surgery.

Randle hasn’t played since dislocating his shoulder on Jan. 27. The 29-year-old veteran has been relentlessly rehabilitating the shoulder over the last two months in hopes of returning for the Eastern Conference playoffs.

However, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, doctors recently informed Randle that continued instability in the shoulder will make it unsafe for him to play against this year.

Randle recently visited two shoulder specialists, who warned him that further injury or permanent damage was possible if he came back to play before undergoing surgery.

The surgery is expected to take place soon and allow for Randle to return around the start of the 2024-25 campaign. He’ll be reevaluated in September, according to the Knicks.

In his fifth season in New York, Randle started all 46 games that he played, averaging 24.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He made 47.2 percent of his field-goal attempts, 31.1 percent of his 3-pointers and 78.1 percent of his free throws.

For the most part, New York (44-31 straight up, 39-33-3) against the spread) has played the last two months without Randle and OG Anunoby. The Knicks were 29-17 SU and 26-18-2 ATS with Randle in their first 46 games.

They’ve gone 15-14 SU and 13-15-1 ATS without him.

As of early this afternoon, most books had New York listed as a three-point favorite for tonight’s home game vs. Sacramento. The Knicks go into the game against the Kings in fifth place in the East.

They’ve one-half game back of fourth-place Orlando and one game behind third-place Cleveland. They lead Miami by two games for the #5 slot.