Sounds like the Knicks are working hard to unload Enes Kanter
With the NBA’s February 7th trade deadline fast approaching, it continues to look like the New York Knicks are doing their best to unload center Enes Kanter.
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reiterated on Sunday that the Knicks had spoken with the Chicago Bulls about a move that would bring Jabari Parker to the Big Apple with Kanter heading to a third team. Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to find a third team.
A recent report is stating that the Knicks and Kings have talked about a deal that would swap Kanter for veteran Zach Randolph, who hasn’t even played this season.
While getting rid of Kanter would be nice, there isn’t any benefit for the Knicks to trade him for Randolph, which is why that deal hasn’t gone through. They need something else to make the deal worth it for them. That could be where Parker comes in, but it doesn’t look like anything will happen right now with the former lottery pick.
Parker might be a good addition for the Knicks, but he’s on a two-year $40 million contract. Now the good news is that his second year is a team-option but if New York picked it up would owe him $20 million for next season. That may not be worth it for them if they’re trying to sign Kevin Durant this summer.
With a few weeks left before the trade deadline, the feeling I have is that the Knicks will figure a way out to move Kanter. He’s a good player that could help a contender off the bench. But they need to get something in return that’s worth while.
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