Knicks taking and making trade calls on Ntilikina

Second-year Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina is drawing interest ahead of trade deadline.

Opposing teams have been contacting the New York Knicks about second-year guard Frank Ntilikina, according to a report from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

The Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic have been among those teams. Both are in search of a young point guard to join their rebuilding efforts.

Ntilikina is 6-foot-6 and has not developed the ways the Knicks have hoped, at least not offensively. He was drafted with the eighth overall pick in 2017 and is averaging 6.0 points and 2.6 assists. The Knicks do like his defense.

Per Bondy, the front office of team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry may be split on Ntikilina.

“There seems to be a debate within the Knicks on whether to deal Ntilikina,” Bondy reported. “He was drafted by Mills and has supporters in the front office.

“But, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, Perry, who took the job after Ntilikina was drafted, recently approached the Atlanta Hawks to gauge whether the team was interested in dealing for the guard (Hawks have Trae Young and weren’t interested).”

The Knicks (10-34) host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday afternoon.