Julius Randle is the only one of seven players signed by the Knicks as free agents last summer with a fully guaranteed deal for next season.
Steve Mills’ firing and the pending addition of longtime NBA agent Leon Rose as team president likely mean few roster spots are safe, but Randle has played his best ball of the season over the past two months entering Wednesday’s final game against the Wizards, the final one before the All-Star break.
In 29 games since Dec. 10, Randle has averaged 21.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field.
“Just comfortable, getting [more] comfortable game by game,” Randle said Tuesday after practice. “Taking what the defense gives me. Playing hard, playing with energy, trying to be efficient.”
He said the Knicks — despite the trade-deadline deal of Marcus Morris to the Clippers for Maurice Harkless and multiple draft picks, including a 2020 first-rounder — have “good confidence” after winning four straight before Sunday’s double-overtime loss in Atlanta.
Despite a 17-37 overall record, the Knicks entered Tuesday six games behind the Magic for the No. 8 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference with 28 games remaining.
“Just take it a game at a time. It starts with tomorrow, getting one before the break. We’ll do what we need to do during the break and come back fresh and just take it a game at a time,” Randle said. “It’s always significant to make the playoffs for that experience. I still haven’t had it. It would be significant but, like I said, we just gotta take it a game at a time.”
Damyean Dotson, Allonzo Trier, Mitchell Robinson and Harkless all have been dealing with illnesses and are listed as probable for Wednesday’s game at the Garden. Harkless, the Queens native and former St. John’s star, still has not made his Knicks debut.