New York Knicks: NBA Draft Prospect Frank Ntilikina Appears to be the Perfect Fit

Frank Ntilikina is in NYC for the NBA Draft, and he declined the report that he prefers the Dallas Mavericks over the New York Knicks.

The New York Knicks are in direct competition with the Dallas Mavericks over Frank Ntilikina. While neither team has been able to work him out due to Frank’s obligations to Strasbourg both are seriously interested in the French point guard.

On Tuesday, Ntilikina finally arrived in New York City for the NBA Draft via Liberty International Airport in Newark. After his arrival, the 18-year-old quickly denied the ESPN report that he preferred Dallas over New York.

Via Marc Berman of The New York Post:

“I have no preference like that,’’ Ntilikina told The Post. “All I need is to be in a really good project for me. I know it will all then depend on me. The NBA draft is just a step to the real goal — to make a big career in the NBA. I just want to be in a good project and atmosphere.’’

The Mavs were thought to have the inside track after they signed Frank’s Strasbourg coach, Vince Collett, to be a part of their summer league team.

Dallas has the pick No. 9 anyway, so if they want Ntilikina, they may have to trade up ahead of New York.

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