Knicks expected to begin Enes Kanter buyout talks after trade deadline

Knicks expected to begin Enes Kanter buyout talks after trade deadline

Knicks expected to begin Enes Kanter buyout talks after trade deadline

The New York Knicks are releasing center Enes Kanter, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Both were expected to be waived by the Knicks with no team coming forward to consummate a trade. He turns 27 in May. This season, he has averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds in 26 minutes per game.

Kanter is a vocal critic of the regime, and refused to travel with the Knicks to London earlier this season for fear that he could be assassinated.

Wojnarowski reported Wednesday afternoon that the Knicks meant to begin discussion on a buyout with Kanter as soon as the deadline passed since they couldn't find a taker for a trade. However, David Aldridge of The Athletic is already reporting that Matthews will sign a deal with the Indiana Pacers once he's officially available.

The annual National Basketball Association trade deadline has become a well-known spectacle among the league's most loyal of followers.

The Knicks, who feature a starting lineup with three new players acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, lost at home Tuesday night for a franchise-record 15th straight game. The reigning league champs have secured $2 billion in contractually obligated income from sponsorships, suites and season ticket holder fees for the new arena.

The Houston Rockets were among the playoff teams who had interest in signing Matthews after his buyout, sources said.

This would be an interesting move because Kanter is a quality player. Las Vegas oddsmakers have NY at 3000/1 to win this year's Finals, or implied odds of 0.03 percent.

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