Now that the 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline has passed, the Knicks are parting ways with center Enes Kanter. "He is a courageous individual and we thank him for his many contributions both on the court and in the community".
Kanter had been vocal about his displeasure with his playing time in NY. According to the report, that helped the Knicks' value jump 11 percent from the previous year's assessment. One of the main reasons is the Knicks are trying to develop their younger players while also utilizing DeAndre Jordan, who NY acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Mavericks that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas. They're second in the league this season, averaging 19,941 fans per home game.
Kanter, 26, had appeared in just three of the Knicks' past 12 games and had been vocal about his displeasure over his reduced role.
Enes Kanter and the Knicks could be headed toward a contract buyout.
Coach David Fizdale has prioritized playing and developing younger players in recent weeks.
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NY didn't execute any trades before Thursday's deadline.
Kanter will become an unrestricted free agent on the buyout market, and a lot of playoff teams are studying that market looking to add depth and fill in gaps in their roster.
The center from Turkey was acquired from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade in September 2017 and averaged 14 points and 10.8 rebounds in 115 games over two seasons.
The Lakers have been strongly linked while the Portland Trail Blazers could also take a chance on the 34-year-old.