The Knicks have to give Allonzo Trier an NBA contract
Prior to Sunday night’s game between the New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets, Alan Hahn of the MSG Network talked about Allonzo Trier’s contract situation given the fact that at the end of this week his 45 day two-way contract will have expired.
This of course means that the Knicks either need to have Trier play in the G League only or sign him to an NBA contract.
Now, let’s be honest, having Trier play in the G League would be silly due to the fact that he’s been one of the top rookies in the NBA this season while averaging 11.3 points per game.
The only rookies with more points per game than Trier are Luka Doncic, DeAndre Ayton, Colin Sexton, Trae Young, and Marvin Bagley. Not bad for an undrafted rookie.
In order for the Knicks to sign Trier to an NBA contract they will need to make room on their roster by either trading or releasing a player.
This has me wondering whether or not the Knicks might end up trading second-year guard Frank Ntilikina.
We already know that there are numerous teams that are interested in Ntilikina and New York was playing well with him on the bench prior to Sunday’s loss against the Hornets where Frank finally showed up and scored 18 points on seven of 11 shooting.
It’s great to see Ntilikina play well on the offensive side of the ball, but I can’t imagine him consistently shooting well for the remainder of the season.
The Knicks can use Ntilkina’s positive performance and ship him off this week.
With how well Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke have been playing, New York doesn’t need Ntilikina. The only value he has is as a defender and it’s becoming more clear that he may not be the answer as a point guard.
Ideally the Knicks will trade Courtney Lee, who’s a good veteran that can help a contender instead of being stuck on a young team that’s rebuilding.
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