The New York Knicks have made a decision to emphasize developing their younger players in what has quickly become a lost season, and that could mean parting ways with veteran center Enes Kanter.
According to the NY Post, the deal makes sense. With so many factors involved, this trade could take some time to polish.More news: 'Grossly stupid': Sydney teen deported from New Zealand after airline bomb threat
The Sacramento Kings have been a feel-good story this regular season.
Both of these players have expiring contracts and will be free agents after this year. This should give NY added flexibility as far as salary cap concerns. Randolph, 37, has not appeared in a game. Wojnarowski also mentioned that more players could be part of the deal, as well as a third-party team who could help make the salary caps work. Right now, he has hardly been utilized in Sacramento.
Ultimately, the Turkish center has no future in NY, so it makes sense to let him join the Kings, who are now chasing a playoff appearance. Kanter is on an expiring $18.6 million contract, while Randolph's is worth $11.6 million, northjersey.com noted.More news: Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein dismissed
Hmm. Could Kanter be unhappy in NY and want a change of scenery? But if the Knicks can manage to sneak Courtney Lee or Tim Hardaway Jr. into a deal, this trade would become a home run. Hence, the likely scenario is the Turkish center getting shipped, but his next destination remains unknown.
But teams have reportedly inquired about Kanter, and the Knicks have listened.
As Wojnarowski points out, nothing is close yet, but this may be the best opportunity the Knicks have to unload some of their veterans before the trade deadline. He averaged 14.5 points per game with 6.7 rebounds in 58 games with the Kings last season.More news: Britons feared dead in Cuba bus crash that killed seven
Kanter made it clear that he wants to win.