It’s official, Julius Randle will miss the rest of the Knicks’ season as he undergoes surgery for his dislocated shoulder.

New York Knicks All-Star forward Julius Randle is officially out for the rest of the season after opting to receive surgery on his shoulder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The news comes in as New York is currently fighting for playoff positioning and after a long period of silence on next steps for Randle in his rehabilitation on his dislocated shoulder. The dislocation occurred amidst the team’s winning streak in January against the Miami Heat, when Jaime Jaquez Jr. took a charge on Randle in the paint that led to an awkward fall. He has been out and doing everything but taking contact since then, according to various reports from team beat reporters, but according to Wojnarowski, “doctors warned him that his shoulder’s continued instability made it unsafe for him to play again this season.”

Randle was averaging 24 points per game along with 9.2 rebounds and five assists, and was named to the All-Star team this year despite his injury. He finally looked back to his offensive engine ways after a slow start to the season due to him rehabilitating another injury he had suffered in the postseason last year, an ankle injury, that got him out of rhythm. Now, Randle will be going through a similar process as he ramps back up to being available to play for the start of the Knicks’ 2024-25 season.

News on OG Anunoby’s injury and when he can be expected back on the court has yet to break, although more focus will now be faced on the defensive stalwart wing who has been in and out of play since being traded to the Knicks back in January. Anunoby’s presence alone helps the Knicks open things up and away from Jalen Brunson on both ends of the court, so his return is important to their potential playoff success. As of this Randle news breaking, they are in fifth place and at risk of falling to a play-in spot with a healthy Joel Embiid returning for the Philadelphia 76ers and as the Heat continue to streak up the standings.

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