New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina appears set to play in French summer league

Frank Ntilikina, New York Knicks (Photo by Di Yin/Getty Images)
Frank Ntilikina, New York Knicks (Photo by Di Yin/Getty Images) /

Frank Ntilikina is working out in France where it appears he will participate in a summer league tournament.

New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina is spending his down time working on his game in France.

The third-year player appears to be participating in a summer league tournament in the Paris region beginning on July 22 based on promotional material shared on multiple French outlets. Several Instagram posts confirm that Ntilikina is practicing in France with some of his workout partners promoting the event. More information can be found here.

Ntilikina has had his ups and downs in the NBA, but one place where he has shined has been on the international stage. Last season, he was a key contributor for France in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Knicks fans were left drooling as they watched their usual tentative guard take clutch shots with confidence and knock them down.

The Amiral League advertises that it will include NBA players Sekou Doumbouya, Adam Mokoka, as well as Ntilikina. The summer league is part of an event involving 10 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams, with each team comprised of players from professional settings, including the NBA, Eurocup, and EuroLeague.

Frank Ntilikina is searching for new life with the New York Knicks

Ntilikina’s future on the Knicks appeared to be tenuous last year at this time; however, with a new front office in place, it has recently been reported that the defensive stalwart could have a long-term future in New York.

The French guard is entering the final season of his rookie scale contract before he becomes a restricted free agent. He has averaged 6.0 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 rebounds over his short career, while shooting 36.6% from the field and a dismal 31.1% from three. However, his shooting percentage showed improvement last season.

The Knicks are one of eight teams that weren’t invited back to play in Orlando when the NBA resumes their season next week. There have been discussions about a second bubble in Chicago for these non-participating teams, but the Knicks have indicated a preference to conduct workouts close to home.

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Meanwhile, the team is in the process of interviewing head coaching candidates, with Kenny Atkinson receiving a seemingly last-minute third interview before the team makes their final decision.