Enes Kanter’s days with the Knicks could soon be over
It’s now obvious that New York Knicks’ center Enes Kanter isn’t happy with the fact that he’s been benched numerous times in favor of guys like Mitchell Robinson and Luke Kornet this season.
“It’s very embarrassing. I understand we want our young guys to get better. But it’s very painful to watch it,” Kanter told reporters last month. “I try to stay positive and help the young guys get better, but like I said, I have no idea why they’re doing that.
“I don’t understand. This is too early in the season to shut me down. My goal is to go out there and try to be an All-Star this year. That was my goal. But now, look at the situation. You can’t do anything about it. You’ve got to stay positive, just got to stay positive.”
Ultimately with the Knicks rebuilding around younger players, they don’t need Kanter, which is why he’ll likely leave as a free agent this summer.
Now it looks like there is a chance that the Knicks could move on from Kanter even sooner.
Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic has reported that NBA teams have reached out to the Knicks about a possibly trade involving Kanter.
Kanter is a talented player that can get a team over 15 points and over 10 rebounds a night. The problem is that he’s a defensive liability. This would make him a nice addition off the bench for a playoff contender.
If the Knicks could land a second round pick in exchange for Kanter, that would be a nice thing for them. The last thing they need is to take on a multi-year contract from another player.
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