Enes Kanter’s time with the Knicks is almost over
The New York Knicks made a heck of trade when they sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second round pick in 2017.
While McDermott didn’t work out, Kanter has been a very good player for New York.
The Knicks also used the second round pick that they got from the Thunder to draft Mitchell Robinson this past summer, which looks to have been a good move.
Getting back to Kanter.
Despite the fact that he’s been a double-double machine for the Knicks, it’s become obvious to me that New York will let him walk in free agency this coming summer.
I’m sure you have noticed that Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale hasn’t had a problem with starting Mitchell Robinson over Kanter this season. And now it looks like he will have Luke Kornet start over him as well.
This tells me that Kanter isn’t in the Knicks’ future plans.
I’ve come up with three reasons why I believe the Knicks will let Kanter walk as a free agent next summer.
Kanter is going to want too much money and the Knicks will need to save as much as they can in order to hand out a max contract to someone like Kevin Durant.
It simply doesn’t make sense for New York to give Kanter a contract that will only hurt them financially as a team.
If Kanter was a complete player and did a better job with handling himself on the defensive end of the floor, then the Knicks could justify re-signing him.
But that’s not the case.
Knicks don’t need Kanter
Enes Kanter is the kind of player that can help a playoff contending team off the bench and the Knicks can’t afford that luxury right now because they’re rebuilding and aren’t a contender.
Mitchell Robinson might be a raw talent right now, but he has a lot more upside than Kanter and will likely be a better player down the road.
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