GM Steve Mills says next move is on Enes Kanter
One of the first big moves for New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale is deciding which players on the roster he wants to be part of the future.
One guy that evidently wants to be back with the Knicks is Enes Kanter, and according to Steve Mills the feeling is mutual, but the ball is in the court of Kanter.
Steve Mills on Enes Kanter: “Enes wants to be here in New York,” Mills said on MSG Network. Mills was then asked if the next move is the Knicks’ or Kanter’s. “Really, it’s his,” Mills said. “He has to choose to opt in.” Kanter has a $18.6 million player option for next season.
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Kanter has an $18.6 million dollar player option that he must opt into or decline, and there is a chance that he could decline it and sign a longer contract for less annual money.
It would be a little odd if Kanter decided not to come back because he was already seen on Monday recruiting LeBron James to come to New York on a Twitter video.
“People keep debating about who is the king of New York. … Hey LeBron, yes, you really want to be king of New York? Come and prove it. I’ll see you July 1st, brother. Good luck,” Kanter said.
This is a big change for Kanter who wasn’t very fond of him after LeBron James made a post on Instagram standing on the Knicks center court logo.
“I don’t care who you are. What do you call yourself, ‘King,’ ‘Queen,’ ‘Princess,’ whatever you are,” Kanter said. “We’re going to fight. Nobody out there is going to punk us.”
If the “King of New York” did decide that he wanted to play for David Fizdale, and alongside Enes Kanter, the Knicks would have to cut a lot of salary, and Kanter would probably have to take a big paycut.