Knicks are looking to make moves
It’s been known for a few weeks now that the New York Knicks are looking to trade Tim Hardaway Jr. Enes Kanter and Courtney lee.
Marc Stein of the New York Times is reporting that all three players are now on the trade block.
Stein indicated that the main reason for the Knicks looking to unload Hardaway and Lee is so they can save money in order to go after some big-name free agents this summer. Which of course makes sense.
Hardaway is a good offensive player. Not great, just good. And for that reason, his play doesn’t warrant his gigantic contract. New York could use the money they would save by unloading him for someone like Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving or Klay Thompson.
When it comes to Lee, his contract will expire in 2020 and he’s set to make over $12 million next season. So trading him and THJ would likely require them to also give up a draft pick or a player like Frank Ntilikina, which they seem reluctant to do right now.
When it comes to Kanter, his contract will expire after the season and it looks like the Knicks want to trade him so he can stop complaining and get more minutes now that he’s behind both Mitchell Robinson and Luke Kornet.
As Stein mentioned, the hard part about trading Kanter is that his salary this season is huge at over $18 million. Not many teams can take on his contract without giving up a large contract themselves and of course the Knicks don’t want to make their salary cap situation worse.
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