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NBA talent evaluator thinks Knicks can get a 2nd round pick for Frank Ntilikina

Frank Ntilikina, Knicks

An NBA talent evaluator reportedly thinks the New York Knicks can get a second round pick for point guard Frank Ntilikina this summer, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The Knicks are widely expected to move on from Ntilikina this offseason after acquiring Dennis Smith Jr. from the Dallas Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade at the February deadline. Ntilikina has been a bust so far in his first two years in the NBA.

“They can probably get a second-round pick for Frank,” one NBA talent evaluator said. “But there is concern about that old French mentality of being soft.”

Ntilikina has career averages of 5.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 121 games with the Knicks while shooting 35.4 percent from the field, 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The Knicks drafted Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. New York was hoping Frank would turn into a franchise point guard for them. That clearly won’t happen, as Ntilikina is severely limited in what he can do on offense.

The Knicks have the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. They are expected to take Duke forward R.J. Barrett if they keep the pick.