It’s time for the Knicks to move Frank Ntilikina
It became apparent once the New York Knicks traded for point guard Dennis Smith Jr. prior to this season’s deadline that Frank Ntilikina’s time with the club could be over.
Marc Berman of the NY Post reported on Thursday that the Knicks will look to trade Ntilikina on draft night in hopes of landing a first round pick if they’re unable to use him to get Anthony Davis.
According to a source, Knicks brass will explore their options on draft night with Ntilikina. Obviously, Ntilikina is available in any Anthony Davis package, but if the Knicks can acquire an extra first-round pick for him, they would consider it.
“The Knicks will be active on draft night,” one NBA source told The Post.NY Post
Ntilikina has missed the Knicks’ past 17 games and hasn’t played since January 27th as he continues to work his way back from a groin injury. So if a team is going to be willing to part with a first round pick, they’re going to have to be very confident that he has the talent to be a very good NBA player despite the fact that he’s done nothing over the course of his first year and a half with the Knicks.
Ideally, Frank will come back from his groin injury and start to shine, but I don’t believe that will be the case since he hasn’t shown much yet on the offensive end of the floor.
Many people will argue that Ntilikina hasn’t gotten a fair shake as a point guard and honestly, that’s a fair case to make, but he also hasn’t outplayed the likes of Emmanuel Mudiay to earn a starting spot. He’s also not good enough to start ahead of Smith at the one right now.
I find it interesting that the Knicks would move Frank this coming offseason after turning down an offer prior to this season’s trade deadline.
Trading Ntilikina makes a lot of sense given the other young talent that New York has in Smith, Kadeem Allen, Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson at the guard position.
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