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Rumor: Knicks don’t want to take back salary in an Enes Kanter trade

Enes Kanter, Knicks

Multiple teams have talked with the New York Knicks regarding an Enes Kanter trade, but the Knickerbockers don’t want to take back salary in a trade for the scoring big man.

Enes Kanter is in the final year of his contract. He is making $18,622,513 this season.

With the Knicks in rebuild mode, Kanter’s services could be used elsewhere. New York, though, is adamant on keeping their salary cap low so they can pursue big-time free agents in the offseason.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks will continue looking for a suitable trade partner. However, they are also considering a buyout agreement with the Turkish big man if they don’t find the trade that suits them.

Teams have talked to the Knicks about potential trades for Kanter ahead of the Feb. 7 trade deadline, sources say. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last week that the Sacramento Kings and Knicks talked about a trade involving Kanter and Zach Randolph as a swap of expiring contracts.

New York does not want to take back salary in a trade of Kanter, sources say. If the Knicks can’t find a trade that suits them, the club and Kanter could agree on a buyout, which would allow Kanter to sign with the team of his choice.

Kanter entered Monday averaging 14.4 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. The 26-year-old is shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 81.7 percent from the free-throw line.