The Knicks aren’t done with Frank Ntilikina
Prior to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, it turns out that the New York Knicks could have traded guard Frank Ntilikina if they wanted to.
ESPN’s Ian Begley reported that the Orlando Magic expressed interest in Ntilikina, but the Knicks told them that they’re not trading the second-year Frenchman.
Some people believe the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis last week because they wanted to rid themselves of what Phil Jackson did as New York’s president. That certainly can’t be the case with them keeping Ntilikina.
It sounds like New York wants to see how Frank will play with point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who the just acquired from Dallas last week. Right now Ntilkina isn’t expected to be back from his injury until after the All-Star break.
Knicks moved on from Enes Kanter, Wesley Matthews
Even though the Knicks didn’t make any moves on deadline day, they did reach buyout agreements for both Enes Kanter and Wesley Matthews. So both player are free to sign where ever they want.
The Boston Celtics could end up signing Kanter and the Indiana Pacers are expected to sign Matthews, but the Houston Rockets are also interested in him.
Kanter thanked Knicks’ fans on Twitter.
I liked the fire that Kanter played with , but his defensive issues made him expendable. He’s also not athletic enough to be a starter in todays NBA.
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