Report: Kings discussing Zach Randolph trade for Knicks center Enes Kanter
The Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks are discussing a potential trade that could include forward Zach Randolph and center Enes Kanter, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Neither side is close to an agreement yet, but both sides are looking to get rid of some expiring contracts as they reach the midway point of the season.
The inclusion of a third team could help matters, as the Kings are looking to package additional expiring deals.
Sacramento only has 10 contracts rolling past this 2018-19 season and could package the likes of Iman Shumpert, Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore or Yogi Ferrell along with the inactive Randolph in a trade to the Knicks.
The Kings are still testing the waters with Willie Cauley-Stein and hoping he is worth a contract extension of his rookie contract as the center of the future.
Kanter has gotten scarce playing time this season, despite starting for the first half of his current stint with the team — now replaced by stretch-five Luke Kornet in recent games. The Turkish international reportedly asked for a trade in light of being yanked from the starting lineup, but soon-after denied it, claiming he was trying to do whatever was best for the team after a conversation with the front office.
Randolph signed with the Kings in the summer of 2017-18 and managed to post impressive numbers, despite his muted minutes in the rotation — averaging 14.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists last season. He has yet to play a single minute this season, acting solely as a mentor for young players, including second-overall pick Marvin Bagley III, who has taken his spot in the mix.