Enes Kanter’s minutes keep dipping
With rookie Mitchell Robinson back from injury, New York Knicks’ center Enes Kanter is no longer a part of head coach David Fizdale’s rotation.
Following Monday’s blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kanter expressed how disappointed he is.
“I was very disappointed. There was nothing to be happy about, so I’m not happy and I definitely don’t agree with the decision, of course,” Kanter said, via Ian Begley of ESPN.com.
Begley wrote that Kanter spoke with Fizdale last week, who told him that his top priority is to develop their younger centers. Of course this means that both Robinson and Luke Kornet are now ahead of Kanter who has now been demoted to third on the depth chart.
I definitely feel sorry for Kanter that he’s not going to be playing much as long as he’s still a Knick. But then again he decided to pick up his player option this past offseason, which kept him in New York for this season. He could have declined the option and hit free agency last summer.
Kanter also shouldn’t be surprised that the Knicks are focused on developing their younger players. With Kristap Porzingis not playing, this is a lost season and they seem to already know that Kanter isn’t in their future plans.
As good as Kanter is when it comes to putting up double-doubles, he’s a defensive liability, which is another reason to cut down his minutes.
The good news for Kanter is that the Knicks aren’t holding him hostage. They’ve been trying to work on a trade that would get him out of town, but so far, they haven’t been able to hammer out any deals.
The Knicks could always work out a buyout with Kanter, which would allow him to possibly sign with a playoff contender and get more minutes.
Right now, it would be a big surprised if Kanter finishes the season in the Big Apple.
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