Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Celtics rumored to have interest in Knicks center Enes Kanter

Celtics rumored to have interest in Knicks center Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter and the New York Knicks parted ways Thursday.

Knicks General Manager Scott Perry describes Kanter as a courageous individual and thanked him for his contributions on the court and in the community, wishing him the best.

The Knicks have been trying to move Kanter for a few weeks, but his contract made things hard, according to the report.

The Knicks, who feature a starting lineup with three new players acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, lost at home Tuesday night for a franchise-record 15th straight game.

Kanter, a vocal critic of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government, skipped the Knicks' game in London last month over fears for his safety.

Then again, the Celtics were OK with adding the defensively challenged Greg Monroe a year ago, and he ended up averaging 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds a game in limited minutes before being relegated to mostly garbage time and DNPs in the playoffs.

A ton of contending teams will certainly come calling - most likely headed by the Houston Rockets. With head coach David Fizdale focusing on youth, it will be interesting how Jordan fits into New York's plans moving forward.

Kanter averaged 30.1 FanDuel points over 44 games (23 starts) for the Knicks, with 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per contest.

Having said that, the NBA Trade Deadline is not the end of the excitement. He is tied for third in the National Basketball Association in offensive rebounding (3.9 per game) since the start of the 2017-18 season. The club also received interest in recent days for big man Noah Vonleh, sources said.

Kanter will become an unrestricted free agent on the buyout market, and a lot of playoff teams are studying that market looking to add depth and fill in gaps in their roster.

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