Au revoir, Frank.
The Knicks didn’t lengthen a qualifying supply to protect Frank Ntilikina at Sunday’s 5 p.m. deadline, The Publish has discovered, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Whereas the Knicks may nonetheless signal him, the longest-tenured member of the crew is probably going on his approach to greener pastures after a rocky 4 seasons in New York.
The Knicks may have saved Ntilikina restricted and matched any supply, however would’ve wanted a cap maintain that will’ve taken away their area on the beginning gun of free company, Monday at 6 p.m.
This transfer seemingly will give the Knicks $53 million in cap area. The crew’s drafting on Thursday of level guard Miles McBride and capturing guard Quentin Grimes most likely sealed Ntilikina’s destiny.
Ntilikina performed 211 video games for the Knicks since 2017 and averaged 5.5 factors. He by no means developed as a playmaker or ballhandler, although he turned a eager defender.
At present, Ntilikina is enjoying within the Tokyo Olympics for France, however he missed the primary two video games with a muscle harm earlier than coming again versus Iran. Ntilikina’s nationwide crew is within the quarterfinals. He’s teammates with Evan Fournier, a Knicks free-agent goal, and will give him a rundown on the franchise’s trials and tribulations.
Ntilikina’s Knicks profession was beset by a sequence of groin and hamstring points. He was out of the rotation nearly all of this previous season.
His time period of service was doomed from the get-go. The 6-foot-5 level guard was chosen to run Phil Jackson’s triangle offense and was picked eighth general in 2017 — forward of present Jazz star Donovan Mitchell. Jackson was fired as president days after that draft.