Report: Knicks seeking draft picks to package for a star?

This morning we learned from ESPN’s Ian Begley that the Phoenix Suns may be interested in acquiring Frank Ntilikina.

Then John Gambadoro of 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.

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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.

This report was later confirmed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, then with Yahoo Sports.

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.


  1. This contradicts literally everything this regime has said to date… not only that, what Star is actually available and are we really about to pull the same stunt we did to get Carmelo?

    Why is patience so damn hard with this franchise..


    1. Hard to know what the front office is really thinking. There are a lot of rumors out there about Frank right now, so we will see what’s real or not. That said, I am intrigued to see if they start to think they can’t sign a player this summer, if that means they try to use the assets they have to acquire a star via alternative means. Or if they stay committed to the young players.


      1. Lots of teams want Frank though, which should tell the Knicks something. Honestly, I don’t care how Burke plays, he should be behind Frank in the rotation.


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