So the Knicks are interested in Dennis Smith Jr.Embed from Getty Images
For almost two years now New York Knicks’ fans have been debating whether or not their team should have selected Dennis Smith Jr. instead of Frank Nilikina in the 2018 NBA Draft.
With news reports of the Dallas Mavericks shopping Smith, it might make sense for the Knicks to make a move for him with Ntilikina’s confidence down as he continues to show any improvement compared to his rookie season.
So far there haven’t been any reports of the Knicks contacting the Mavs right now about Smith, but they did prior to the start of the season, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.
According to a person debriefed on the situation, the Knicks inquired about Smith before the season but “not recently.” It’s known some members of the organization rated Smith higher than Ntilikina before the 2017 draft.NY Post
Now there was a was a recent report from a Heavy.com with regards to the Knicks talking to the Mavericks about a trade for Smith. But I’m not sure if the report from Heavy.com is a difference time that the teams talked or if it was before the season like Berman reported,
Prior to coming to the Knicks’ general manager Scott Perry selected De’Aaron Fox in the same draft during his time with the Sacramento Kings, so he doesn’t have any attachment to Ntilikina. But of course president Steve Mills does, who has remained a supporter of the 20 year-old Frenchman.
With Mavericks’ over Mark Cuban traveling to France before the draft, we know that Dallas likes Ntilikina. But would they want him with Luka Doncic now playing the point? Of course they could always have Ntilikina play the two or three spot with his size and wingspan.
I think it’s time for the Knicks to move on from Ntilikina. I know he’s only 20 years-old but his confidence hasn’t improved with head coach David Fizdale and he’s not being used enough because of his poor stats on the offensive end of the floor.
I don’t know how much Smith would help the Knicks, but he would immediately become their best point guard and is still on a rookie contract.
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