New York Knicks center Enes Kanter could reportedly be swapping coasts.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, New York and Sacramento are discussing a Kanter-Zach Randolph trade in a potential deal of expiring contracts.
New York and Sacramento discussing an Enes Kanter-Zach Randolph trade of expiring contracts, but nothing close yet, league sources tell ESPN. Kings would want to send out more expirings in a deal. A third team could be helpful.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 9, 2019
But perhaps what's most interesting is what Woj deleted.
Interesting to note... Woj deleted the first tweet shown here saying Kanter was "out of the rotation" (because he's not) and amended that line out. Make of that what you will. Could mean this intel is coming from Kanter's agent trying to grease the wheels. pic.twitter.com/DOnZnEjdSl— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) January 9, 2019
Hmm. Could Kanter be unhappy in New York and want a change of scenery?
Kanter is in the final year of his contract that owes him $18.6 million, while Randolph is set to make $11.6 million in the last year of his deal.
Kanter's agent could be making a push to get him to greener pastures as the Turkish big man has seen himself falling out of favor in New York. The seventh-year center has played in 41 games for the Knicks this season, starting 23 of them. In 26.5 minutes of game time he averages 14.4 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Knicks center Enes Kanter, who is from Turkey, said he had decided to skip a game in London because he feared for his life https://t.co/B6rPMhP1BY— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 9, 2019
Randolph has yet to play a minute of the 2018-19 season. The Kings have instead decided to give the playing time to their young core of frontcourt players, namely Willie Cauley-Stein and Marvin Bagley III.
Since neither player appears to be in their respective team's future, the potential trade could benefit both franchises and give both players a chance at some added playing time.