It’s time for the Knicks to trade Frank NtilikinaEmbed from Getty Images
I know this is only his second NBA season, but New York Knicks’ point guard Frank Ntilikina looks like a complete bust so far after not improving much if at all from his rookie campaign.
Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News is reporting that the Knicks front office has been debating whether or not they should trade Ntilikina.
Of course Scott Perry isn’t connected Ntilikina, since he was hired after the Frenchman was drafted. But Steve Mills was a part of the front office that brought him in.
Two teams that have expressed interest in Ntilikina are Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns, according to Bondy.
Despite the Knicks’ clear lack of confidence in Ntilikina, teams have inquired about the 20-year-old, with the Magic and Suns expressing interest, according to a source. And this is where it gets interesting. There seems to be a debate within the Knicks on whether to deal Ntilikina. He was drafted by Mills and has supporters in the front office. But, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, Perry, who took the job after Ntilikina was drafted, recently approached the Atlanta Hawks to gauge whether the team was interested in dealing for the guard (Hawks have Trae Young and weren’t interested).NY Daily News
Bondy also wrote about how the Knicks have done a poor job of developing Ntilkina and I can’t argue with that due to the fact that they had Ramon Sessions Jarrett Jack over him last season.
Unfortunately the Knicks actually thought they had a chance of making the playoffs during the 2017-18 season despite the fact that they didn’t have the roster to support those dreams.
It also didn’t help that former head coach Jeff Hornacek was coaching for his job and had to start whoever gave him the best chance at winning.
With current Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale clearly focused on developing the guys that have been playing the best for him so far this season, it looks like Emanuel Mudiay.
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