The Knicks have made it clear they don’t want Enes Kanter
New York Knicks’ center Enes Kanter had the option to leave the Big Apple and become a free agent this past summer. Instead he picked up his player option to stay and rebuild with a young Knicks team for another season.
Kanter has made it clear during his time with the Knicks that he loves playing in New York and doesn’t want to leave. But with head coach David Fizdale now in charge and the fact that the organization needs to free up cap space for free agency this summer, the 26 year-old is not in their future plans.
So why don’t the Knicks want to keep Kanter?
Kanter is making over $18 million this season with the Knicks. How much do you think he will ask for as a free agent? My guess is that he’ll be looking for a deal that will pay him between $10-15 million a season. Which is way more than New York wants to invest given the fact that they’re triyng to clear cap space.
Not athletic enough
Centers in today’s NBA need to run the floor and be very athletic. This is why the Knicks love both Mitchell Robinson and Luke Kornet.
Robinson is an athletic freak and defensive nightmare for opponents and Kornet can stretch the floor with his ability to hit shots from beyond the arc.
Not complete enough
It’s great that Kanter is able to put up double-doubles on almost a nightly basis, but he’s a pushover when it comes to the defensive end of the floor.
Wtith Fizdale preaching defense, he can’t keep a guy like Kanter around.
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