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Knicks center Enes Kanter wants to stay in New York long term

Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter is entering his second season with the New York Knicks this year, but he already wants to stay long term.

Along with Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick, Kanter was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Knicks for Carmelo Anthony in September of last year. The big man revealed that right after getting swapped, he informed his new team that he wanted a longer contract. Per Marc Berman of The New York Post:

“I told [the Knicks] the week I got traded [last September], I said I wanted to stay here long term,” Kanter said. “You always want a longer contract to feel more secure and comfortable. After playing for the Knicks, you don’t want to play for other cities. I hope I stay here longer than just two years.

The 26-year-old Turkish national was immediately slipped into the Knicks’ starting lineup. In 71 games, Kanter logged 14.1 points and 11 rebounds (tied his career-high) per game as well as a career-best 59.2 percent from the field and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line.

This upcoming season will be a sort of fresh start f0r the Knicks. Not only did they get Kevin Knox for their lottery pick, but a healthy Kristaps Porzingis is also expected to be back at some point through the middle of the season.