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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (21) and Eastern Conference forward Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) talk during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (21) and Eastern Conference forward Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) talk during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

It's no secret the Knicks are still in rebuilding mode this season. But next season -- the offseason in particular -- they are looking to make a big leap from bottom of the barrel team in the East, to a high-powered contender. 

How? Taking advantage of a stout free-agent market. 

Knicks C Enes Kanter may be gearing up for this season, but he does have his mind on future free agency that could see a couple All-Stars as new teammates by the end of it. It was reported earlier that Celtics PG Kyrie Irving and Timberwolves G Jimmy Butler have talked about teaming up together in the NBA, and New York could be that destination in 2019 when they both hit free agency. 

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The DNL panel discusses Enes Kanter's decision to remain with the Knicks for the 2018-19 campaign, while making nearly $19 million.

Center Enes Kanter said he still has yet to make a decision on whether he decided to opt into his $18.6 million player option with the Knicks after a report said he would exercise that option.

Eight minutes after Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania said Friday morning that Kanter would opt in and remain with New York for the 2018-19 season, Kanter responded by saying, "I haven't made any decisions yet."

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

If Enes Kanter stays a Knick, he knows exactly who he will mentor next season. 

Kanter has until Friday to decided whether or not to opt out of his $18.6 million player option, and he noted that the addition of new head coach David Fizdale makes staying in New York a stronger possibility. He also said the Knicks have first priority to show him they want him back next season. 

So, saying he does come back, Kanter has an eye on working closely with New York's second-round draft choice in C Mitchell Robinson. Robinson didn't play at the collegiate level last season, and instead of returning to Western Kentucky to showcase his skills, he made the decision to prep for the Draft instead. 

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New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter of Switzerland plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (Jim Mone/AP)
New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter of Switzerland plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (Jim Mone/AP)

Enes Kanter has until Friday to decide whether or not he wishes to opt out of his deal with the Knicks. But the addition of head coach David Fizdale may entice him to stay, per The Post's Marc Berman.

"With Coach Fizdale, I want to stay more," Kanter said. "I know his mentality, I know how much freedom he gives to his players. It's going to help my decision for sure. I think he's going to change a lot of things. He seems like a relationship with him is like a friendship relationship. It's not a player-coach relationship. I talked to him for two hours and it gives you so much confidence."

Kanter and Fizdale met during the NBA Draft combine in Chicago in May, and one of the main takeaways from their two-hour conversation was for Kanter to get in the gym and start shooting threes. Kanter listened as he has been seen working with former Knicks developmental coach Chris Brickley in three-point drills. 

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter in game four of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter in game four of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

LeBron James will almost certainly become a free agent on Friday, when he's expected to opt out of his contract with the Cavaliers.

But unlike in 2010 -- when the Knicks were among the teams to pitch him -- James doesn't want any elaborate pitches this time around, sources close to him told ESPN.

Rumors have swirled that James could wind up with the Lakers, though former NBA All-Star and current TNT analyst Reggie Miller believes the Knicks could be a viable option...

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Knicks C Enes Kanter learned Monday that his father, Dr. Mehmet Kanter, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, per Bleacher Report's Yaron Weitzman.

There has reportedly been an arrest warrant issued for Dr. Kanter, and when he returns to Istanbul, he is likely to be brought into custody. It is unknown what exactly he is being charged with, but Kanter believes it is the latest comeback from his government for his public criticism of the Turkish government, more specifically of president Recep Erdogan.

Because of his public comments, Kanter has not been in contact with his family overseas. But, even with the sentencing of his father, Kanter isn't going to stop being a voice for those back home.

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Jake Brown | Twitter | Accountability. Accountability. Accountability. That is something David Fizdale is ready to hammer down. And It's something that Jeff Hornacek failed to do in his two forgettable seasons coaching the Knicks.

According to Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry, current NBA players, coaches, and executives all spoke highly of Fizdale, calling him someone who holds people accountable. That attribute, mixed with being a "tireless worker" and an "innovative basketball mind," all add up to what the Knicks have been missing.

Also, a high character head coach is something the Knicks badly needed. Fizdale fills that void. Nobody used the words "high character" when speaking about Hornacek. The 43-year-old Fizdale is a dozen years younger and can get into the ears of these players. If someone is playing poorly, Fizdale will sit them...

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Cavaliers star F LeBron James was back in New York on Monday night, and he wanted all in MSG to know that he still believes he is "King of New York."

In fact, it was written on his signature shoe.

James flaunted his Nike LeBron 15 sneakers in black and red, but it was the message written on the back that caught everyone's eyes. The words "I'm" and "King." were seen on the left and right shoe respectively.

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Knicks C Enes Kanter has been comfortable in his first games with New York.

Kanter, who came over in the Carmelo Anthony trade, wasn't supposed to start for the Knicks upon his arrival. He was set to compete with Willy Hernangomez, who had a year under his belt with the Knicks' offense. But Kanter wasn't worried about minutes as long as the team was winning at the end of the day. 

"I mean, we win, I'm good," Kanter told NorthJersey.com's Steve Popper. "We win, I'll play one minute, I'll play 48 minutes. if we win I'm good. That's what really matters. I think that's what everybody is playing for, just going out there and winning. That should be everybody's task. If we win we're good."

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