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New York Knicks are interested in acquiring Victor Oladipo to add more star power to their playoff bound roster. As a result, they are willing to offer Frank Ntilikina to compensate the Rockets in a potential deal for Oladipo.

Frank Ntilikina was drafted by the New York Knicks with the eighth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Since then, the Frenchman has many ups and downs during his tenure in ‘Big Apple’.

(per NY Post’s Marc Berman):

“This year, their trade candidates were expected to be Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel, Austin Rivers and Elfrid Payton. Frank Ntilikina, scheduled to be a free agent, also figured to be on the block, and now he may be used as a pawn to obtain a veteran.

President Leon Rose is seeing if he can upgrade their current talent — specifically in the backcourt with Rockets combo guard Victor Oladipo, a player of interest — to win now and break the seven-year playoff drought.”

Ntilikina is on his last season of his rookie contract as he upgraded his role under Tom Thibodeau in the last 9 games, especially after Derrick Rose ruled out due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

The French national averages 5.8 points in nine games this season shooting 48.6-percent from the field and 61.9-percent from beyond the arc.

Ntilikina alone will not be enough for the Knicks to acquire a veteran star, however they have other expiring contracts and draft picks to forge a potential good offer.