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REPORT: Pistons could have trade interest in Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina

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The Detroit Pistons could have interest in New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina, according to Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

Ntilikina had a solid FIBA World Cup showing for France this summer. The Knicks are said to be looking for a late second round pick for Ntilikina.

New York has Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton ahead of Ntilikina on its point guard depth chart.

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 Pistons have three point guards on the roster at the moment: Reggie Jackson, Derrick Rose and Tim Frazier. Jackson is the starter, while Rose is the backup.

The Pistons have rookie Sekou Doumbouya on the team. He’s a Guinean-born Frenchman, who played professional basketball in France just like Ntilikina.

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 the 21 year old is severely limited in what he can do on offense — although he’s an above average defender.

The Pistons made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2016. They got swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.