Knicks second-year point guard Frank Ntilikina has been shut down for the remainder of the season after aggravating a groin injury earlier this week.
Ntilikina had returned to the team last Friday from a groin injury that had sidelined him since late January. He played 25 minutes in a loss to the Nuggets, then lasted just seven minutes two days later in a loss to the Clippers before exiting with more groin woes.
The Knicks say Ntilikina was evaluated by the team’s medical staff, which recommended he miss New York’s final seven games.
Sources: D’Angelo Russell ‘highly unlikely’ to Return to Nets if Kyrie Irving Signs
As of late this week, teams interested in pursuing Kyrie Irving remained under the impression that the Nets were the odds-on favorite to land the point guard, per sources. But no team interested in Irving, including the Knicks and Lakers, had been led to believe that they are out of the running to sign him, those sources say.
If Irving ends up signing in Brooklyn, it may have an interesting ripple effect on the roster, particularly D’Angelo Russell.
If Irving signs with the Nets, SNY sources familiar with the matter say it is highly unlikely that Russell remains with the Nets. Members of the Nets organization have communicated that idea in recent days, per sources.
Source: Ian Begley of SNY.tv
Sources: Jimmy Butler to Decline Player Option
Philadelphia 76ers forward Jimmy Butler intends to decline his player option — barring an unforeseen change of circumstances — yet the Sixers remain adamant about doing whatever it takes to retain the star, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
In opting out of the $19.8 million player option — in which he has a June 29 deadline to do so — it sets the eight-year veteran up to be one of the top unrestricted free agents on the market.
The Sixers were prepared for this decision, sources said.
Source: Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports
Sources: Knicks Exercise Team Option on Allonzo Trier
The New York Knicks have exercised guard Allonzo Trier’s $3.5M team option for the 2019-20 season, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 14, 2019
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter