Agent: Ntilikina “Extremely Happy” To Be A Knick

MAY 21, 10:22am: Ntilikina’s new agent, Boune Ndiaye, denies that his client’s change in representation is directly linked to a desire to leave the Knicks, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post.

“I can just tell you that the fact he was not traded has nothing to do with this change of agent,” Ndiaye told Berman. “Frank is extremely happy to be part of the Knicks.”

MAY 20, 3:03pm: The Knicks are expected to shop Frank Ntilikina on the trade market this offseason, and the guard is unlikely to object, according to Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. A source tells Bondy that Ntilikina “desires a relocation.”

As Bondy outlines, Ntilikina had been represented by CAA, but decided to change agencies after the Knicks failed to move him at February’s trade deadline. The plan is for him to be represented by French agent Bouna Ndiaye going forward, as was previously reported by French Knicks Pod.

The change in representation was directly linked to Ntilikina’s desire to be traded, Bondy says in a follow-up tweet, citing a league source.

Ntilikina, the No. 8 pick in the 2017 draft, was selected by Phil Jackson shortly before Jackson was let go by the Knicks. The team’s current management group doesn’t appear to be as invested in the 20-year-old, with reports indicating that New York hopes to get a first-round draft pick in return for him.

Ntilikina saw his role adjusted frequently last season by new head coach David Fizdale, who played the youngster at both guard spots and didn’t give him consistent minutes in a crowded backcourt that also featured Emmanuel Mudiay, Dennis Smith, Trey Burke, Allonzo Trier, Damyean Dotson, and others over the course of the season.

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23 thoughts on “Agent: Ntilikina “Extremely Happy” To Be A Knick

    • Michael Chaney

      That’s way too much for the Cavs to give up. JR’s contract is an asset in itself, and for them to give up a first rounder on top of that would be lunacy.

      Ntilikina would still be worth taking a shot on to see if he can harness his upside, but only for pennies on the dollar.

      • Z-A

        Not in a trade with the Knicks. The guaranteed portion is the same.

        JR, should be used with a cap strapped team like Heat, Hornets, OKC, Blazers, Rockets.

        • Michael Chaney

          I completely agree. Finding similar salaries is difficult, but I think JR to Charlotte for a pick and either Marvin Williams or Bismack Biyombo seems reasonable if the Hornets choose to hold off on tearing it down.

    • knickscavsfan

      Absolutely not. Not even sure any team would offer a 1st rnd pick for him. When one of the worst teams in the NBA is willing to trade their 20 year old former 1st rnd pick then it says all that needs to be said. And as ZA said the Cavs should be able to use that JR contract to get back an asset from a team looking to create cap space.

      ….case of Henny. Best offer. Or place him on “letgo” and see what you can get.

  1. “Ntilikina saw his role adjusted frequently last season by new head coach David Fizdale” – YES.

  2. H.Henderson

    The only way I can see the Knicks getting a late first rounder for Ntlikina is by packaging him with Smith or Dotson. Unfortunately Ntlikina made no improvements this season. I had hoped he would, but he will not benefit from remaining a Knick.

    • Michael Saunders

      I hope he goes to a team that can build upon his defensive talents and find a consistent role to allow for development of an offensive game. Being jerked around by Fizdale is not the environment for this to happen.

    • knickscavsfan

      Ntlikina’s contract isn’t that high to attach to young assets, even ones with limited value. They might as well just release him and eat the $5 mil.

  3. 1988wasalongtimeago

    Add him to the list of Knicks first round garbage picks like Renaldo Balkman & Jordan Hill

  4. knickscavsfan

    *****JUST IN*****

    Frank Ntilikina Would Reportedly Welcome Trade

    ****ALSO IN******

    Knicks reportedly welcome a Frank Ntilikina trade too. The public relations department have posted a hotline number to call. 212-987-1234. Ask for Scott Perry.

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