Monday, 18 February, 2019

Enes Kanter to be released by Knicks

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Cassandra Castillo | 09 February, 2019, 16:46

The New York Knicks have officially released forward Wesley Matthews and center Enes Kanter, the team announced on Thursday.

Kanter, someone who can put up double-double performances any night, is reportedly drawing interest from the Boston Celtics and several other teams.

"From the moment he arrived in New York, Enes passionately embraced our franchise and our city", Knicks general manager Scott Perry said in a statement.

Knicks General Manager Scott Perry describes Kanter as a courageous individual and thanked him for his contributions on the court and in the community, wishing him the best. 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. This has the potential to be one of the deadline's more under-the-radar storylines.

The New York Knicks haven't been good in two decades, but that hasn't stopped them from setting National Basketball Association records for franchise value.

This was an expected move, but it shouldn't take long for Kanter to sign with a new team. He was traded to NY by the Dallas Mavericks as part of the Kristaps Porzingis deal.

To explain the jump in average team value, Forbes said each of the NBA's 30 franchises received more than $110 million last season from equally-shared revenue like national media, sponsorships, licensing and worldwide streams.

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A ton of contending teams will certainly come calling - most likely headed by the Houston Rockets.

The Athletic first reported the planned agreement between Matthews and Indiana.

Kanter, 26, has played a total of 42 minutes over the past 13 games.

More recently, veteran center DeAndre Jordan - acquired from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade - has started ahead of Kanter; Fizdale said he wanted Jordan to help the young Knicks learn how to defend.

In his 25.6 minutes per game with NY this season he is averaging 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. According to NBA.com, teams were wary of his $18.6 million expiring contract and instead waited for NY to waive him.

NY didn't execute any trades before Thursday's deadline.

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