Will the Knicks be able trade Enes Kanter?
If there is one player on the New York Knicks that wants to get out of town it has to be center Enes Kanter who has been removed from the team’s rotation in favor of Mitchell Robinson and Luke Kornet.
The Knicks have been talking to teams in an attempt to move Kanter, but nothing has happened yet.
Sham Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the Knicks and Chicago Bulls have “have discussed scenarios” for a Kanter, Jarbari Parker trade, but they haven’t been able to find a third team that can take on Kanter’s large expiring contract.
One team in particular that has been interested in acquiring Kanter is the Sacramento Kings. They apparently want to give up Zach Randolph for Kanter, but there isn’t incentive for New York to make the move happen.
I would imagine that the Knicks, Bulls and Kings have talked about a three team deal, but all three organizations likely can’t figure out how everyone can come away happy.
If the Knicks are unable to find a trade partner for Kanter, they will either have to hold him hostage as their third center behind Kornet and Robinson, or buy him before the season ends so he can sign with a team where he can get more minutes.
Kanter is a good player that can help a playoff contender off the bench of a struggling team as a starter. But his biggest weakness is as a defender.
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