This morning we learned from ESPN’s Ian Begley that the Phoenix Suns may be interested in acquiring Frank Ntilikina.
Phoenix is among the teams who reached out to NYK to express interest in Frank Ntilikina. When PHO contacted NYK earlier in the year, NYK said it wasn’t open to moving Ntilikina, per ESPN sources. Some w/Suns were intrigued w/idea of pairing Ntilikina & Devin Booker, per sources
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 30, 2018
Then John Gambadoro of Arizonasports.com reported that the Knicks are looking for draft picks to package for a star player in any deal that involves Ntilikina.
In his estimation, the Suns’ pick from the Milwaukee Bucks (acquired in the Eric Bledsoe deal) might be sufficient to get the deal done.
Gambadoro is the same reporter who was first to break the story that the Suns and the Knicks discussed a potential trade for Kristaps Porziņģis before the 2017 NBA Draft.
Knicks have asked for Devin Booker and the #4 pick from Phoenix for Kristaps Porzingis – Ha Ha Ha. He is good but trust me not that good
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) June 20, 2017
This report was later confirmed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, then with Yahoo Sports.
Woj: "Last year, I thought Phoenix had a chance to get [Kristaps] Porzingis if they were willing to put the fourth pick in, which would've been Josh Jackson."
— Sagar Trika (@BlazersBySagar) May 22, 2018
And so now we know what the Knicks might want in a deal for the former 2017 8th overall pick from France. Because they may be of the mindset that Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving (both once reportedly interested in teaming up with the Knicks) are both staying with their respective teams, the Knicks could be setting their sights on acquiring a star via trade.
It will be interesting to see if the Knicks have altered their strategy in chasing star players to add to their young roster. Could they be considering moving Frank Ntilikina for draft picks that they could eventually bundle for a star? We shall see.