The Knicks are expected to sign guard Chasson Randle for the rest of the season to fill the spot, bringing him back to the organization after a stint in preseason and forthe D-League team in Westchester.
Randle was recently cut by the Philadelphia 76ers to make room for players after their trade of Nerlens Noel at the deadline. Randle is averaging 5.0 points per game this season after eight games in a Sixers uniform, but will be expected to contribute off the Knicks bench.
Randle filled in for Rose in the Knick’s rotation during preseason with hopes of making the team before an injury knocked him out of contention and into the D-League.
Randle spoke with the media back in October of last year about his hopes of making the roster and contributing during the preseason.
“I just try to max out every single day, God has blessed me with this opportunity. I just want to take advantage of it because it can easily be taken away. I wasn’t in this position last year. I spent some time overseas. Just so happy to be here. I think that every single day I just try to live that day to the fullest. I mean, how could you not hear the crowd? They know their basketball here. They’re very passionate fans and we appreciate that.”
Randle was a favorite of many Knicks fans during his time before the season even drawing attention from All-Star Carmelo Anthony. Anthony back in October praised the 24-year-old point guard from Stanford, giving him plenty of hope of making the team.
Randle gave his thoughts to reporters back then on playing with Anthony and running the triangle offense.
“It means a lot, He’s a guy that I looked up to as a kid. Just to be on the same floor as him, all I can do is just try to bring it every single day and gain his respect. He’s been around the league for a while. He knows the game. He knows what he wants in a teammate. I try to bring that every single day. We played triangle offense at Stanford my last two years, but I like to play at this pace.”
The release of Jennings may be the start of more moves by Knicks president Phil Jackson as the team tries to figure out its plan for the rest of the season.