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Rumor: Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina left CAA due to not getting ‘big-enough endorsement deals’

Frank Ntilikina, Knicks

New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina is currently gearing up to enter his third NBA season, all of which have come in the “Big Apple.” However, Ntilikina’s professional tenure to date has been less than stellar while the former first-round NBA Draft pick has yet to really impress in New York.

Perhaps gearing up to eventually leave the Knicks one way or another, Ntilikina notably changed his representation earlier in the offseason. According to a recent report from Marc Berman of The New York Post, Ntilikina had a specific reason for ultimately leaving the prominent CAA in favor of Bouna Ndiaye.

“Ntilikina left Creative Artists Agency for French agent Bouna Ndiaye. The agent is a close family friend of Knicks scout Makhtar Ndiaye, both of whom grew up in France.

“According to a source, Ntilikina was unhappy with not getting big-enough endorsement deals compared to other lottery picks.

Another French source said the new agent has worked hard with Ntilikina in recent weeks in terms of ‘deprogramming him.’ Ndiaye told The Post last month Ntilikina still wants to be a Knick.”

On the other hand, it appears as though the up-and-coming Frenchman previously drew some trade interest from both the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns, according to the aforementioned Berman.

“The Magic and Suns have expressed interest in the past in Ntilikina but that was before he played just 43 games last season with a recurring groin strain,” Berman writes.

As for the Knicks as a whole, New York is almost on the clock as the lowly Eastern Conference franchise currently owns the No. 3 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.