Enes Kanter released by New York Knicks after trade deadline

Lynette Rowe
February 9, 2019

The New York Knicks have waived Enes Kanter and Wesley Matthews, allowing them to sign with other teams for a playoff run. The former Kentucky big man is making $18.6 million this year, but his contract is set to expire.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported around the time of the deadline that Kanter and the Knicks were working on a separation that was expected to be finished on Thursday.

In his 25.6 minutes per game with NY this season he is averaging 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. Kanter is a vocal critic of the regime, and refused to travel with the Knicks to London earlier this season for fear that he could be assassinated.

"I'll probably speak to [my agent Thursday] and the next day and see what's going to come up", Kanter told The New York Post.

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The Houston Rockets are the seventh-most valuable franchise in the National Basketball Association, according to Forbes' annual valuations. Newly acquired DeAndre Jordan has started ahead of Kanter, and Fizdale said he wanted Jordan to help younger players Luke Kornet and Mitchell Robinson learn how to defend.

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

Kanter's expiring contract at $18.6 million made trade options a hard match for the Knicks. The Orlando Magic expressed interest in Frank Ntilikina but were told that NY was not trading the second-year guard, sources told ESPN. The club now has three open roster spots.

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