The Dallas Mavericks are apparently on the verge of signing Frank Ntilikina. The number 8 pick of the 2017 draft is intended to give the Mavs more depth in the backcourt.
This is what Marc Stein reports (Substack). Accordingly, Dallas is the “likely” next destination of the Point Guard, whose contract with the New York Knicks expired in the summer and was not extended.
Dallas had already had an eye on the French in the 2017 draft, but the Knicks snapped in eighth position. The Mavs chose Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth pick instead. The latter was given back to Kristaps Porzingis after only one and a half years in the trade, but could not prevail in New York either.
The same applies to Ntilikina, however. Although he is considered a talented defender, the development he had hoped for has not been offensive so far. Last season he came in 33 missions to just under 10 minutes, in which he put up 2.7 points at 36.7 percent from the field. His career average after four years with the Knicks is 5.5 points with a 36.6 percent field throw rate and 32.8 percent from a distance (plus 2.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds).
In his last year on his rookie contract, he earned $ 6.2 million in 2020/21, with the Mavs he is expected to sign an unguaranteed contract or at the minimum (1.8 million). Dallas currently has 14 players with guaranteed contracts in its squad, Moses Brown has an unguaranteed contract.