Frank Ntilikina doesn’t want to be traded from Knicks, says agent
The New York Knicks, as all signs suggest, are ready to move on from point guard Frank Ntilikina. However, the same can’t be said on the 20-year-old French playmaker.
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, French agent Bouna Ndiaye — who is reportedly Ntilikana’s new representative — said that the former lottery pick does not want to leave the “Big Apple.”
Bouna Ndiaye, the French agent, told me earlier today Frank Ntilikina had no – and still has no – interest in being traded. “Frank is extremely happy to be part of the Knicks,” Ndiaye told The Post.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) May 20, 2019
The report, nonetheless, is in contrast to recent news about Ntilikina switching agents. The second-year man reportedly wanted a fresh start after the Knicks’ failure to trade him, which is the reason why he dropped CAA as his agency.
New York are gearing up for a big summer — one in which they could acquire Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics playmaker Kyrie Irving. They could also make a run for Anthony Davis in a potential trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.
With what is looking like an eventful offseason for the Knicks, it’s pretty clear that Ntilikina no longer has a future with the team. Besides, he is still behind Dennis Smith Jr. in the current roster as it stands today.
A lot can happen in free agency, but Ntilikina shouldn’t have his hopes up about possibly staying in New York and getting another chance to prove himself.