Knicks reportedly planning buyout for Enes Kanter
The New York Knicks are reportedly prepared to work on a buyout for Enes Kanter absent a trade partner.
Kanter has been out of the Knicks’ rotation for a few weeks and has actively become a nuisance for the franchise. Though the Knicks have been shopping Kanter, his $18.6 million salary makes it tough for him to be moved, even if his deal is expiring.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the two sides are expected begin working on a buyout after Thursday’s trade deadline passes.
As the Knicks run out of time to find a trade for center Enes Kanter and his $18.6M expiring deal, discussions on a contract buyout are expected to begin as soon as the deadline passes on Thursday at 3 PM ET, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2019
Kanter has no future with the Knicks and is eager to move on. The question then becomes who will pick him up. He’s a good scorer and rebounder, but his defense — particularly in pick and roll — leaves a lot to be desired.