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Enes Kanter released by New York Knicks after trade deadline

09 February, 2019, 22:47 | Author: Tommie Newton
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The New York Knicks have waived center Enes Kanter after the National Basketball Association trade deadline, the team announced on Thursday.

The trade deadline passed without action on Kanter. He turns 27 in May.

Kanter has averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds - tied for 12th in the league - in just 25.6 minutes per game this season, but he ranked last out of 68 qualified centers in ESPN's defensive real plus-minus metric.

The Knicks finally waived Enes Kanter and Wes Matthews but not DeAndre Jordan.

With the top contenders in the East making some big moves, this would be a huge pickup for the Celtics if they can sign Kanter if the Knicks and him do, indeed pursue a buyout. Over that span, the Raps have been one of the Eastern Conference powers winning over 50 games three times and appearing in the Conference Finals once.

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Kanter released a statement thanking the Knicks and the team's fans for his time in NY.

In its annual rankings, Forbes said the Knicks' value increased 11 percent from past year because of a $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden, completed in 2013, that has produced a series of new revenue streams. "Because after all this [Porzingis] trade and everything that the fans still want me to go out there and play".

ESPN reported the Boston Celtics, who found Greg Monroe as a midseason pickup past year, could be a prime landing spot for Kanter given their depth issues at center caused by injuries.

Having said that, the NBA Trade Deadline is not the end of the excitement. However, David Aldridge of The Athletic is already reporting that Matthews will sign a deal with the Indiana Pacers once he's officially available. The Orlando Magic expressed interest in Frank Ntilikina but were told that NY was not trading the second-year guard, sources told ESPN.

The Knicks also chose to keep Jordan, despite suggestions that the veteran would be bought out.

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