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New York Knicks Cut Ties With Enes Kanter

New York Knicks Cut Ties With Enes Kanter”

The New York Knicks have officially released forward Wesley Matthews and center Enes Kanter, the team announced on Thursday. The former Kentucky big man is making $18.6 million this year, but his contract is set to expire. He blossomed after joining the Thunder as part of a three-team deal at the 2015 trade deadline, but has seen his playing time decrease with the rebuilding Knicks.

Kanter averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes per game this season but ranked last out of 68 qualified centers in ESPN's defensive real plus-minus metric. They're second in the league this season, averaging 19,941 fans per home game. Kanter made headlines last month after refusing to participate in the Knicks' game against the Wizards in London because he said he feared for his life due to his opposition to the current regime in his native Turkey.

"Each day I spend in the National Basketball Association is a blessing and I look forward to my next adventure", Kanter posted.

Enes Kanter's time with the Knicks has come to a close.

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.

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

Some speculate the move positions the Knicks to acquire not one but two big-ticket free agents this offseason, such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.



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