The New York Knicks are looking to improve their team in any way and that includes potentially shopping Frank Ntilikina.
The New York Knicks sit at 10-34 on the season. They are currently resting in 13th place in the Eastern Conference.
Something’s got to give in Manhattan.
With the trade deadline looming ever closer, the Knicks have some cards to play and one of those could be Frank Ntilikina, the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
It seems that general manager Scott Perry is looking for the future, as he has attempted to seek out interest for the Frenchman, according to an article by Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Bondy writes that a source reveals that Perry had most recently communicated with the Atlanta Hawks on what their potential interest could be for a player like Ntilikina. Multiple reports also stated that interest for 20-year-old also came from teams like the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic.
After being selected as the eighth overall pick in the NBA draft back in 2017, Ntilikina was a huge name to bring to New York and an exciting young player the Knicks were ecstatic to begin developing.
However, his development has been stunted. In Ntilikina’s first season in New York, he only averaged 2.3 field goals per game, scoring an average of 5.9 points per game.
While he was clearly coveted on Draft Day by the Knicks, he has yet to fully pan out in Madison Square Garden. Ntilikina has played in 37 games so far this season and has only scored more than 10 points in only six games.
Because Ntilikina offers a lot of promise with his physique and style of play, the Knicks could get a solid return for him if they so choose to let him go. Right now, the Knicks could use all the help they can get.