Enes Kanter’s Time in New York Coming to an End, Knicks Eying Trade
Potential Woj Bomb Alert!
The New York Knicks and Sacremento Kings are reportedly discussing a deal involving pending free agents Enes Kanter and Zach Randolph, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
New York and Sacramento discussing an Enes Kanter-Zach Randolph trade of expiring contracts, but nothing close yet, league sources tell ESPN. Kings would want to send out more expirings in a deal. A third team could be helpful.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 9, 2019
Though nothing is official yet, Wojnarowski adds that the Kings would like to add more of their expiring contracts to go with Randolph, (Iman Shumpert, Kosta Koufos & Ben McLemore) though that would likely require the involvement of a third team.
Expiring contracts aside, the Kings do lack front court depth and if they are serious about making a run for the playoffs this year then Enes Kanter could be an excellent short term solution. This season, in limited minutes, Kanter is averaging 14.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Combine Kanter with Willie Cauley-Stein, Nemanja Bjelica and Marvin Bagley and all of the sudden the Kings have a formidable big-man rotation.
Kanter would surely welcome the move as he has openly voiced his displeasure over his current situation with the Knicks, “I understand we want the young guys to get better, but it’s very painful to watch out there. It’s too early in the season to shut me down. My goal this year was to go out and be an All-Star, but now look at the situation,” said Kanter last week.
At 37 and with $11.6 million left in the last year of his deal, Randolph’s inclusion in the trade is simply based on the matching of salaries and he would likely be limited to a mentorship role with the Knicks.