Enes Kanter happy he left the Knicks ‘on good terms’
Kanter was waived by the Knicks, as he was unhappy with his role and playing time with the franchise that is clearly in a rebuild mode. The big man then decided to join the Portland Trail Blazers after clearing waivers.
Now, Kanter has opened up what happened during the trade deadline and the events that led to his eventual release from the team.
“My agent explained to me that if there was no trade by the deadline, they would look into releasing me,” Kanter told JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors. “I said, ‘Okay, that’s cool.’ I went to the meeting and talked with Coach Fiz, Scott Perry and Steve Mills.
“I’m happy that I left the Knicks on good terms. They told me, ‘We know that you want to play and you want to win. That’s why we’re releasing you — so you can go and chase your dreams.’ My dream from day one has been the playoffs. They explained to me their situation, and they said to just go out there and do my thing. So I was very happy about that.”
Enes Kanter has appeared in nine games with the Blazers, and he’s scoring and rebounding the ball well for them.