The Knicks will have a second French draft pick on their summer-league team in Orlando, The Post has learned. Louis Labeyrie, the 6-foot-10 power forward whom the Knicks drafted in 2014 as a stash pick, paying Indiana $1.5 million for the 57th pick in the draft, has agreed to play in the summer league.
Labeyrie, who played for Paris Levallois this past season, will be on the squad for the third straight July, trying to make an impression at age 25. In his sixth season in the French League, Labeyrie averaged 9.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, shot 59 percent but does not have 3-point range. Team president Phil Jackson wants to be in a full rebuild and try to develop “our kids.’’ Perhaps Labeyrie has a better chance of getting a training camp invitation this time so he can speak French in the locker room with newly minted lottery pick, point guard Frank Ntililkina from the French League. Actually the Knicks do have one player who speaks French, Mo Ndour of Senegal.
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While his teammates are going to take some rest before the Finals vs Elan Chalon that begin next Tuesday (June 13) Frank Ntilikina is going to make an express round-trip to the USA for the mandatory medicals ahead of the NBA Draft (June 22). “It was the biggest game of Frank Ntilikina who will leave tomorrow for the medical examination ahead of the NBA Draft”, Strasbourg head coach Vincent Collet said after the game.