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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina plays in a March 2 game against the Spurs in San Antonio.

DALLAS — It appears the Dallas Mavericks are adding another young guard to a roster full of them.

Marc Stein reported Tuesday that the Mavs are expected to sign former New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina in the coming days.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard was who some expected the Mavs to select with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Mavs owner Mark Cuban even flew out to meet a then 18-year-old Ntilikina in Italy ahead of the draft. However, he went to the Knicks one pick earlier and Dallas instead used the No. 9 pick on Dennis Smith Jr.

Ntilikina, 23, has spent the past four seasons in New York, averaging 5.5 points on 37% shooting. He averaged over 20 minutes per game in his first three seasons with the Knicks, but saw his role decrease last season as he averaged less than 10 minutes of playing time in 33 games played.

On the first day of free agency, the Mavs struck quick, re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. and Boban Marjanovic while also agreeing to deals with Sterling Brown and Reggie Bullock, another former Knicks guard.

— The Dallas Morning News

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