RUMOR: Knicks not planning to shop Frank Ntilikina on trade market like they had before
Leon Rose is the new man in charge in the New York Knicks’ front office, and he is apparently semi-committing to at least one player on the roster moving forward. That player is Frank Ntilikina.
The Knicks have shopped Ntilikina in trade talks numerous times before, but according to Ian Begley of SNY, Rose will not be doing the same thing.
Begley notes that while Ntilikina has remained inconsistent on the offensive end, he was in the process of taking a step forward before the NBA season was suspended.
I used the word “semi” earlier because this doesn’t necessarily mean that Ntilikina will never be traded.
Begley says that while New York may not actively shop the young guard, he isn’t exactly off limits and could be a piece the Knicks include in a deal for a disgruntled star.
But it appears that the days of New York simply looking to dump him are over.
In 57 games and 26 starts this season, Ntilikina was averaging 6.3 points, three assists and 2.1 rebounds over 20.8 minutes per game while shooting 39.3 percent from the floor, 32.1 percent from three-point range and 86.4 percent from the free-throw line.
The 21-year-old was originally selected by the Knicks with the eighth overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
He appeared in 78 contests during his rookie campaign, registering 5.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 boards through 21.9 minutes per game. The following season, Ntilikina was limited to just 43 games due to injuries and poor performance in general. During that time, he logged 5.7 points, 2.8 assists and a couple of rebounds per game.