Monday, 21 January, 2019

Kanter-For-Randolph Deal In The Works

Knicks center Enes Kanter has not been happy with his role under first-year coach David Fizdale this season Knicks center Enes Kanter has not been happy with his role under first-year coach David Fizdale this season
Cary Erickson | 11 January, 2019, 23:43

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says nothing is close as of now in terms of this potential swap of expiring contracts.

NY and Sacramento are in talks about an Enes Kanter, Zach Randolph trade of expiring contracts, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources, though a deal is not close yet.

Despite Kanter making $18.6 million this year, the Kings have the flexibility to pull off this deal as they now have around $11 million in cap space.

It looks like the next time Enes Kanter gets consistent playing time as a starter, it won't be coming with the New York Knicks.

Kanter is earning $18.6 million in the final year of his contract, while Randolph, who has not played in any games this season, is making $11.7 million. Hence why a third team might be needed. The report noted a Western Conference team like the Clippers and the Kings would make sense.

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The deal would provide a return to NY for Randolph, who spent 80 games with the Knicks between 2007-2009.

Although Wojnarowski's sources say a Randolph for Kanter trade isn't close, both players should consider preparing themselves for a move prior to the February 7 National Basketball Association trade deadline.

Despite limited action, Kanter said that he is happy in NY.

But teams have reportedly inquired about Kanter, and the Knicks have listened.

So far this season Kanter is averaging 14.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per game and the center attracted worldwide attention last week after refusing to travel to London due to fears of being assassinated. Expect a few Knicks players to be traded.