Frank Ntilikina still searching for role at key Knicks juncture
The day before last season ended early for the Knicks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Frank Ntilikina ran roughshod over the Wizards.
In continuing a spurt of lively point-guard play, Ntilikina posted his career-high in points and became the youngest Knick to post a 20-point, 10-assist game in a win.
The next night, in Atlanta, the season was postponed — and their 2017 lottery pick never got to build on that outing and cement his place as a Knick. Based on their record, they weren’t invited to the Orlando restart.
On Dec. 21, the Knicks will face the deadline to give Ntilikina a rookie-contract extension and there’s no evidence they will do so.
Expected to be a restricted free agent in 2021, Ntilikina stands a chance of being dealt at the trade deadline in March.
Regarding his contract, Ntilikina said, “The business part is going to take care of itself. I’m here to get better every day, to get this team better.’’
Knicks president Leon Rose is his former agent, but Ntilikina dumped Rose for French rep Bouna Ndiaye. Rose, who took over on March 1, missed out on seeing whether Ntilikina would continue to rise.
“It was really disappointing,’’ Ntilikina said of the season’s abrupt finish. “The end of last season really motivated me a lot. I saw improvements. When you work really hard every day just to improve, it’s really motivating when you see those improvements, when you feel that on the court. It just gave me so much energy for the future.”
Source : Marc Berman Link