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Knicks seeking late first rounder or early second rounder for Frank Ntilikina

Frank Ntilikina, Knicks

The New York Knicks are widely expected to ship guard Frank Ntilikina this summer, with Marc Berman of the New York Post reporting the team is seeking a first-round or early second-round pick in return.

The Knicks took Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, hoping he would become the franchise point guard. The 20-year-old, though, has turned out to be a bust.

Ntilikina averaged 5.9 points and 3.2 assists during his rookie season and put up 5.7 points this season. The Knicks acquired Dennis Smith Jr. from the Dallas Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade and are going to pursue Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker in free agency.

Via Berman:

They also will look into offers from combo guard Frank Ntilikina to see if they can add another early second-round pick or late first-rounder.

Ntilikina has been a disappointment in his first two seasons and will make $5 million next season.

Moving him would give the Knicks enough space to enforce the option clauses of Trier and Damyean Dotson without affecting their room for the two max contracts of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, whom many league insiders feel have talked about forming a Knicks tandem.

Ntilikina is a solid defender, but that’s about all he can do in the NBA.

The Knicks are ready to part with Frank Ntilikina and hope they can get something valuable in return.