Friday, 18 January, 2019

Knicks talking possible Kanter trade with Kings

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
Kristopher Love | 11 January, 2019, 23:40

The New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings have reportedly had preliminary discussions regarding a potential Enes Kanter-Zach Randolph trade. Kanter is on an expiring $18.6 million contract, while Randolph's is worth $11.6 million, northjersey.com noted.

Trading Kanter would be a win for both sides.

NY and Sacramento discussing an Enes Kanter-Zach Randolph trade of expiring contracts, but nothing close yet, league sources tell ESPN. Randolph has yet to play. A third team could be helpful.

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

The Kings were optimistic after deploying Cauley-Stein as a full-time center for the first time last season, seeing encouraging results and flashes of consistency, but wanted to see another season of it before committing to an extension of his rookie contract.

At 37 years old, Randolph's better days are obviously behind him and it would be shocking if the Knicks attempted to retain him next should they acquire him.

Hmm. Could Kanter be unhappy in NY and want a change of scenery?

Kanter, who is making $18.6 million this year, is now averaging 14.4 points and 11.0 rebounds in just 26.5 minutes, but the Knicks are 10-31 on the season. Kanter, however, stopped short of requesting a trade during a recent meeting with general manager Scott Perry. Offloading Kanter allowed Fizdale to take a closer look at all corners of the roster, which include young big men Mitchell Robinson (recovering from injury) and Luke Kornet.