Boston Celtics rumors: Team interested in Enes Kanter

Heather Diaz
February 9, 2019

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Enes Kanter will likely hit the buyout market soon after the trade deadline as the New York Knicks have not been successful in finding a trade partner to move his contract.

Knicks General Manager Scott Perry describes Kanter as a courageous individual and thanked him for his contributions on the court and in the community, wishing him the best.

New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) dunks against Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks have been trying to move Kanter for a few weeks, but his contract made things hard, according to the report.

Billionaire Mark Cuban, whose Dallas Mavericks are valued at $2.25 billion, said following the US Supreme Court's repeal of the federal sports betting ban a year ago, "I think everyone who owns a top four professional sports team just basically saw the valuation of their team double".

Kanter has appeared in just three of the Knicks' last 12 games.

To explain the jump in average team value, Forbes said each of the NBA's 30 franchises received more than $110 million last season from equally-shared revenue like national media, sponsorships, licensing and global streams.

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The Houston Rockets are the seventh-most valuable franchise in the National Basketball Association, according to Forbes' annual valuations.

The Athletic first reported the planned agreement between Matthews and Indiana.

Coach David Fizdale has prioritized playing and developing younger players in recent weeks.

Kanter's expiring contract at $18.6m made trade options a hard match for the Knicks.

Having said that, the NBA Trade Deadline is not the end of the excitement.

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.

For the Knicks, the point was to create cap space for two max free agents and make a run at some combination of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis.

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