RUMOR: Knicks’ Bobby Portis, Frank Ntilikina have come up in D’Angelo Russell trade talks
With the Golden State Warriors looking like avid sellers approaching the February 6 trade deadline, it seems that All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell’s time with the Dubs is coming to an end. The New York Knicks have been identified as one of the serious suitors for the services of the 23-year-old, with the team reportedly willing to include Bobby Portis and Frank Ntilikina in a potential trade deal.
This is via Ian Begley of SNY:
It’s unclear how far along talks have gone, but Bobby Portis is one name that came up in the conversations, per SNY sources.
Per SNY sources, Frank Ntilikina’s name has also come up in conversations between the Knicks and Warriors around Russell.
Russell has struggled with injuries since joining the Warriors in the offseason as part of the Kevin Duran deal. The fifth-year guard, however, has been outstanding when healthy, averaging a career-best 23.8 points (on 43.3 percent shooting), 3.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 0.9 steals, while also connecting on 3.8 triples (also a career-high mark) per game on a 38.3-percent clip.
The Knicks are in search of their next cornerstone superstar, and Russell appears to fit the bill. The fact that he spent two seasons with the Knicks’ cross-town rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, does not seem to matter one bit in New York’s pursuit. After all, there’s no denying that the Knicks are pretty desperate at this point.
As for the Warriors, acquiring Portis’ and Ntilikina’s expiring deals should help appease their salary cap situation for next season.