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Report: Knicks have discussed Enes Kanter trade involving Bulls’ Jabari Parker, but 3rd team needed

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The New York Knicks were recently rumored to be in discussions with the Sacramento Kings about a swap involving Enes Kanter and Zach Randolph, and now Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports preliminary discussions about a Kanter trade involving the Chicago Bulls and Jabari Parker.

However, the talks with the Bulls hit a snag because they haven’t been able to find a third team to take on Kanter, and nothing is imminent. Bondy says the Kings could still be an option as a third team, or they could potentially still deal solely with New York:

However, a snag in the framework was trying to find a third team to take Kanter, the source said, and it’s unclear if talks ever got off the ground. The Kings could still be an option for that third team and, according to sources, have been separately negotiating a straight swap for Kanter. One scenario is Kanter for Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos.

The Knicks reportedly want some kind of sweetener from the Kings if they take on Randolph. Both Kanter and Randolph have bloated expiring contracts, but the Turkish big man is the more useful player at this point.

Kanter has missed the last two games with an illness, and he will not be playing in Thursday’s London game against the Washington Wizards. The 26-year-old said he’s not traveling overseas because he’s afraid for his life due to his beef with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Ergodan.

Meanwhile, Parker has been mostly out of Jim Boylen’s rotation in Chicago after signing a big contract this past offseason. The Bulls have been working to trade Parker to a better situation.