Knicks release center Enes Kanter

Tanya Simon
February 9, 2019

The New York Knicks released FETO-linked basketball player Enes Kanter from the team after the trade deadline on Thursday passed. "He is a courageous individual and we thank him for his many contributions both on the court and in the community". Once New York acquired DeAndre Jordan in the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade, it became clear that Kanter was not long for the Big Apple. However, David Aldridge of The Athletic is already reporting that Matthews will sign a deal with the Indiana Pacers once he's officially available. The veteran swingman is averaging 12.8 points this season.

Kanter's expiring contract at $18.6 million made trade options a hard match for the Knicks.

Enes Kanter wanted to be somewhere he got a chance to play. The trade deadline passed without action on Kanter.

Kanter has been quietly productive this season, averaging 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while shooting 53.6 percent from the floor in just under 25 minutes.

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The Lakers have been strongly linked while the Portland Trail Blazers could also take a chance on the 34-year-old.

The Knicks also chose to keep Jordan, despite suggestions that the veteran would be bought out. NY also has roughly $70 million in cap space this summer - enough for two max contracts.

Some speculate the move positions the Knicks to acquire not one but two big-ticket free agents this offseason, such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

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