Knicks still aren’t close to trading Enes Kanter
News came out on Wednesday that the New York Knicks and Sacramento Knicks have been talking about a trade that would send center Enes Kanter west and Zach Randolph to the Big Apple.
While the move would help the Knicks unload a player in Kanter who isn’t happy about losing his starting job twice this season, the swap wouldn’t help them, since Kanter’s contract is set to run out after this season and they would be only swapping expiring contracts. There’s no upside for them to get the deal done.
The trade will only make sense for the Knicks if they can also get an asset in return from the Kings.
Marc Berman of the New York Post is now reporting that the only way the Knicks will make the deal happen is if they’re able to get a second round pick in return.
However, according to an NBA source, the Knicks will need an extra futures asset — perhaps a future second-round pick — to pull the trigger. The report said a third team may be needed, and that a deal is not close to happening.NY Post
With the NBA trade deadline only about am month away, the Knicks are receiving interest in Kanter, which makes sense since he continues to put up double-doubles without a problem on a night in and night out basis.
We’ll have to wait and see if Kanter ends up being moved, but right now nothing is imminent.
If the Knicks do end up with Randolph, I wouldn’t be shocked if they simply waive him given the fact that his contract will expire after the season anyway. I can’t imagine that they’ll cut back on both Mitchell Robinson and Luke Kornet’s minutes so a 37 year-old veteran will get time on the floor.
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