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Report: Knicks releasing Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter, Knicks

The New York Knicks are releasing veteran big man Enes Kanter, as the team wasn’t able to find a trade partner for him, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Once he clears waivers, Enes Kanter will become an unrestricted free agent and free to sign with any team of his choice.

Enes Kanter played in 44 games this season for the Knicks. He averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest while shooting an efficient 53.6 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.4 percent from the free-throw line.

New York is in rebuild mode, so the priority right now is to lose as many games as possible in order to get the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Kanter has been frustrated with his role on the Knicks for quite some time. The franchise was reportedly discussing a trade with the Sacramento Kings, but talks never got far enough.

The Knicks originally acquired Kanter in the summer of 2017 in the Carmelo Anthony trade.

Enes Kanter will be a valuable pickup for a playoff team in need of scoring and rebounding in the frontcourt. The 26-year-old has career averages of 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in 560 NBA games with the Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and Knicks.