The Phoenix Suns brought up the names of Frank Ntilikina and Willy Hernangomez when talking to the New York Knicks about Eric Bledsoe.
News broke on Monday that the Phoenix Suns are looking to trade starting point guard Eric Bledsoe.
Than Ian Begley of ESPN reported that the New York Knicks are one of the teams that are interested in acquiring Bledsoe.
Begley reported later in the day that the Knicks are not interested in trading away Frank Ntilikina and Willy Hernangomez after both players were brought up while talking with the Suns.
The Suns have asked about young Knicks such as Frank Ntilikina and Willy Hernangomez in trade talks about guard Eric Bledsoe, sources confirm. But New York have been opposed to trading either young player, sources told ESPN. Hernangomez has not been in head coach Jeff Hornacek’s regular rotation in the first two games of the season, which has left the second-year center frustrated. But Hernangomez’s lack of playing time isn’t a sign that the club is looking to move him. Ntilikina has dealt with several injuries early in his career but the point guard remains part of the young core New York wants to build around and management, as of Monday afternoon, did not want to move him in a Bledsoe deal. The Suns’ interest in Hernangomez and Ntilikina was first reported by Basketball Insiders.
I’m not sure what other assets the Knicks would be willing to part with if they’re unwilling to trade away Hernangomez and Ntilikina.
As much as bringing in Bledsoe would help the Knicks, I don’t see it happening. They don’t have what it takes to get a deal done.
Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders confirmed that the Suns want Ntikikina and Hernangomez for Bledsoe.
Phoenix Suns asked New York Knicks for Frank Ntlikina and Willy Hernangomez in exchange for Eric Bledsoe, league sources told @BBallInsiders
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) October 23, 2017
Giving up Ntilikina and Hernangomez for Bledsoe would not be a good deal for the Knicks. It wouldn’t be worth it to give up two young potential stars for Bledsoe.