Julius Randle to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery, Per Report

Randle has been out with a shoulder injury since Jan. 27.
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Julius Randle's season is over, per a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The New York Knicks forward, who has been out since injuring his right shoulder on Jan. 27, will require surgery that will prevent him returning for the playoffs.

Randle had been rehabilitating his injury with hopes of joining his Knicks teammates again without having to undergo a medical procedure, but he has been informed that his shoulder's instability would make it unsafe to return if left untreated, Wojnarowski reported.

This is a major blow to the Knicks, who currently occupy the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and are only two games out of the play-in tournament. Randle had been averaging 24.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in 46 starts before getting hurt. New York was particularly scary with Randle and OG Anunoby playing together, posting a 12-2 record with the duo on the floor. Now an even heavier burden falls on Jalen Brunson, who is averaging 27.8 points in 35.1 minutes per game.

Randle played through injury during last year's playoffs before undergoing ankle surgery over the summer. Now he won't even get a chance to play in the postseason this year.

Kyle Koster is an editor at The Big Lead.

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