Report: Frank Ntilikina switches agents after failing to be traded from Knicks at deadline
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina switched agents after not being traded at the deadline this past season, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. He dropped CAA and planned to sign with French agent Bouna Ndiaye.
Ntilikina wants a fresh start, per Bondy, and the Knicks will likely look to give one to him soon.
There were rumors that the Knicks were considering trading Ntilikina by the deadline, as the front office seemed to be split on whether or not they wanted to hold on to him for the future.
Of course, they ended up keeping Ntilikina for the rest of the year.
The 20-year-old played in 43 games and made 16 starts during the 2018-19 campaign, averaging 5.7 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds over 21.0 minutes per game while shooting 33.7 percent from the floor, 28.7 percent from 3-point range and 76.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Ntilikina, who was born in Belgium and grew up in France, was originally selected by New York with the eighth overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
He appeared in 78 contests during his rookie year, registering 5.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 boards across 21.9 minutes a night while making 36.4 percent of his field goal attempts, 31.8 percent of his long-distance tries and 72.1 percent of his foul shots.
Because Ntilikina did not progress in his second year and actually regressed a bit, there has been a whole lot of concern about his place on the Knicks moving forward. His apparent desire to move on makes the decision at least a little easier.