Frank Ntilikina signing with Mavericks after sad Knicks ending

Frank Ntilikina is lastly closing on his subsequent NBA probability.

The previous Knicks draft decide is near a cope with the Mavericks, Marc Stein reported on Wednesday. The report states {that a} deal is predicted within the coming days with coaching camps set to open Sept. 28.

The Knicks took Ntilikina with the No. 8 decide within the 2017 NBA Draft, however he by no means developed into the offensive menace they hoped.

Ntilikina, 23, noticed his enjoying time plummet underneath Tom Thibodeau final season, behind Elfrid Payton and Derrick Rose on the Knicks’ level guard depth chart. Ntilikina appeared in 33 video games final season, averaging 2.7 factors per sport.

“Not enjoying shouldn’t be simple for a participant,’’ Ntilikina instructed French publication L’equipe forward of the Olympics in July. “I might undoubtedly prefer to play extra. However I prepare all season lengthy. And since I’m nonetheless a younger participant, I do know I’ve a variety of issues of my sport that I can enhance on in future seasons.

Frank Ntilikina is close to a deal with the Mavericks.
Frank Ntilikina is near a cope with the Mavericks.
Corey Sipkin

“That is what I did this season offensively in video games with the Knicks as quickly as I had enjoying time, being at my benefit over the opponent’s level guards.”

Ntilikina might be reunited with former Knicks teammates Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. after each have been traded to Dallas in 2019.

The Knicks’ level guard state of affairs modified dramatically this offseason with the signing of Kemba Walker, with hopes of lastly including stability to a place that has plagued them for years. The group additionally drafted Miles McBride out of West Virginia and re-signed Rose.

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