With the Knicks on track to introduce CAA's Leon Rose as the organization's next president, as SNY's Ian Begley first reported Feb. 6 and has maintained throughout the subsequent weeks, he takes over a team that includes a familiar face.
Rose represented Frank Ntilikina for the first two seasons of the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 draft's NBA career from 2017-19. In Year 3, the point guard changed to France-based Comsport's Bouna Nadiaye, who represents fellow French players such as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum.
Still, Ntilikina supports the idea of Rose becoming the Knicks' next president after the organization fired Steve Mills on Feb. 4. After practice Sunday, he told the New York Post's Peter Botte his former agent has qualities that make him fit for the job.
"I know Leon -- very professional in what he does. He's a good guy. We can trust him, I think," Ntilikina said of Rose, according to Botte. "We all want what's the best for the team. So we all are moving in the same direction.
"Leon is an expert in his job. He knows what he's doing. He was a great agent and I'm sure he's going to do great things here."
Rose, 59, guided Ntilikina into the NBA after he started his career with the French professional basketball club SIG Strasbourg in the Pro A Champions League from 2015-17.
Under Rose's guidance, Ntilikina -- who turns 22 on July 28 -- signed a four-year deal worth more than $18 million guaranteed through the 2020-21 season. He becomes a restricted free agent after his 2021-22 campaign.
"Coming in the league, I didn't know what to expect. I was just ready for whatever. And it's been a dream," said Ntilikina, who sports career averages of 5.9 points and 3.0 assists in 21.3 minutes through 172 games. "Now I've just got to see what'' ahead and keep building. So it is what it is. I'm just focusing on being the best player I can be in the future and helping my team be the best team it can be."