With the development of other point guards like Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke, the Knicks appear ready to part with their 2018 lottery pick Frank Ntilikina. And writes Ian Begley of ESPN, the Nets have interest.
However, a league source tells NetsDaily that the report is inaccurate … that the Nets have had no discussions regarding Ntilikina.
Ntilikina is a 6’6” point guard who turned 20 last July and has a reputation for one-on-one defense. He has fallen out of favor with David Fizdale, the Knicks rookie coach. He was drafted by Phil Jackson in a controversial move. Jackson saw Ntilikina as an ideal lead guard in his triangle offense and chose him at No. 8 in the draft over Dennis Smith and Donovan Mitchell.
For the season, Ntilikina is averaging 5.9 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 23 minutes a game. He is shooting 25.7 percent from three and 33.3 percent overall. His best game this season came in the October 26 win over the Nets when he finished with 16 points, four assists and five rebounds while shooting 3-of-5 from deep.
He did not play in the Knicks big win Saturday over the Bucks.
The Nets of course don’t have a roster spot and have a logjam in the backcourt. Because he was such a high pick, Ntilikina is owed $4.15 million this season and guaranteed $4.85 million next season.