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The Atlantic Files #184: Is Julius Randle max worthy?

Alex Fischbein June 30, 2021

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This week on The Atlantic Files:

This week, we have a big rundown of some topics in the Atlantic Division as well as around the league! New head coaches, Julius Randle up for a new contract, Kyrie Irving rumors, and so much more.

First things first, Ime Udoka was named as the newest Head Coach of the Boston Celtics. He takes the reigns of a team that had very high hopes this season but is still set up for a lot of success come next season. The biggest question is whether or not Ime Udoka is the solution or if it’s the roster construction.

Julius Randle had himself a season for the New York Knicks. He was named the Most Improved Player of the Year and named to the All-NBA Second team. Now, the Knicks are going to have an issue on their hands soon. Is Randle worthy of a max contract or is that going to jeopardize how they build the team for the future?

There’s been a lot of trade talks swirling around the league with many names in the mix. One name that’s been mentioned on some national media outlets is Kyrie Irving. Could he have rubbed the Brooklyn Nets front office the wrong way with sitting out some games just because he didn’t want to play? Would they even be open to trading him away after only one season?

Speaking of trades, it looks like the Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the most interested teams in acquiring Ben Simmons. What could they even trade to make it worthwhile for both teams? We needed to talk about some trade scenarios because there’s not much the Sixers might even want.

Finally, we took a look at the other coaching moves made around the league. Jason Kidd is now in Dallas to take teach and take the lead of Luka Doncic and the Mavericks. Plus, Chauncey Billups was hired in Portland which has sparked a lot of these trade talks surrounding Damian Lillard.

All of that and more on the latest episode!

0:00 – Intro and Rundown
1:30 – Ime Udoka hired as Head Coach for Boston Celtics
16:15 – Could the Brooklyn Nets trade Kyrie Irving
24:05 – Should the New York Knicks give Julius Randle a max contract
31:15 – Minnesota Timberwolves trade possibilities for Ben Simmons
37:45 – Which coach signing was better, Jason Kidd in Dallas or Chauncey Billups in Portland


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Alex Fischbein

Being from the suburbs of Philadelphia, it was hard not to become a Sixers fan during Allen Iverson's prime. Other than just the Sixers, I enjoy watching all forms and levels of basketball, especially the WNBA. Outside of basketball, I've been playing and coaching volleyball for most of my life. Also, after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, I became a Software Developer by day, while writing and hosting podcasts by night.

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