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Knicks Steve Mills says he would have drafted Frank Ntilikina at No 8 as well

James Dolan, executive chairman of Madison Square Garden, sits at a news conference next to the team logo where he introduced Phil Jackson as the new president of the New York Knicks, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Jackson, who won two NBA titles as a player for the New York Knicks, also won 11 championships while coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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On Monday afternoon, the New York Knicks formally introduced new general manager Scott Perry. As a result, both the Knicks’ newcomer in Perry and the team’s president of basketball operations in Steve Mills were forced to cover just about every topic that has plagued the once-heralded franchise this offseason.

It’s safe to say such a list is quite long while some might even go as far as to say never ending at this point in the year.

However, and perhaps most notably, Mills stated he did not disagree with former team president Phil Jackson’s choice to select French point guard Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Not only that, but the new Knicks’ front office executive specifically mentioned that he would have made the exact same pick.

“I’m very comfortable with that draft pick,” he said. “I would’ve selected Frank at that point in the draft myself.”

On the other hand, Mills also noted that the franchise’s future “may be with Carmelo or it may be without Carmelo.” Even so, the two sides will not be executing a buyout as Mills promptly removed that notion from the slate of possibilities. Although Anthony may or may not have a place on the team’s roster in the coming weeks, if not days, it appears as though fellow forward Kristaps Porzingis is not going anywhere.

“Kristaps and I have a hectic texting relationship,” said Mills in addition to mentioning that he and Porzingis have spoken “two or three times this summer.”

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