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May 3, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter (00) and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) watch the ball go out of bounds in the second half of game three of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports (Jaime Valdez)
May 3, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter (00) and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) watch the ball go out of bounds in the second half of game three of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports (Jaime Valdez)

The Portland Trail Blazers learned in their four-overtime game Friday night just what former Knicks C Enes Kanter is all about. 

Kanter not only played 56 minutes on the floor, a new career-high, but he did so with a separated left shoulder as well. 

"First overtime, I think I separated my shoulder more," he told reporters after the game. "I had to tuck my arm into my jersey because I couldn't carry my arm. I'm glad we got a win, man. Whatever it takes. You've got to sacrifice everything. I'm proud of my teammates."

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Feb 21, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) plays the ball against Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 21, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) plays the ball against Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, new backup Enes Kanter added 18 points and nine boards in his Portland debut, and the Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 113-99 on Thursday night.

The center tandem was so good that the Trail Blazers didn't even need a big night from All-Star guard Damian Lillard, who was just 5 for 21 from the field. He finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Kanter, who signed last week with the Blazers after losing his job with the Knicks, made his first seven shots and finished 8 for 9, missing only a 3-pointer.

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It is only right that Enes Kanter's first game with his new team -- the Portland Trail Blazers -- comes in New York.

Well, it isn't being played at MSG, but instead Barclays Center when the Nets host the Blazers on Thursday night. Kanter practiced for the first time with his new teammates on Wednesday, but of course, the New York media had to know how he felt about leaving the Big Apple.

Kanter wasn't a fan of how the Knicks were treating him, as he sat on the bench for most nights until he was eventually released. Though it's still fresh in his mind, Kanter understands why they made the decision, and says there is no animosity toward the coaches or the team.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts as fans chant "we want Kanter" during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts as fans chant "we want Kanter" during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter has found a new home in the NBA. 

Kanter announced on Twitter that he has agreed to a deal with the Trail Blazers for the rest of the season. 

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

With the NBA trade deadline officially closed, the Knicks will release C Enes Kanter and newly-acquired G/F Wesley Matthews

The Knicks made Kanter's release official in a press release, and he is likely to find a new team soon. The Celtics could be a fit for the disgruntled center, as Begley pointed out earlier this week.

"From the moment he arrived in New York, Enes passionately embraced our franchise and our city," GM Scott Perry said. "He is a courageous individual and we thank him for his many contributions both on the court and in the community. We wish him the absolute best moving forward, personally and professionally."

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Enes Kanter (00) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Enes Kanter, unhappy with his playing time over the past few weeks, is to be released by the Knicks as the NBA trade deadline came to an end on Thursday.

And the Boston Celtics are expected to be interested in signing him when he's made available, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Kanter, in the final year of a four-year, $70 million deal, has not played in six of the Knicks' last eight games due to head coach David Fizdale's shifting priorities

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Although Knicks fans may have had their trade fill following the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster, there's still some time to go until the trade deadline with several possible directions for New York.

Here are a few of the directions they can go in by Thursday afternoon.

Anthony Davis

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter's not happy with his playing time, and the Knicks aren't going to play him much, if at all. So if Kanter is still on the team when Thursday's trade deadline passes, he could be leaving New York shortly thereafter. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that buyout discussions between Kanter and the Knicks "are expected to begin" after Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline if a trade can't be worked out. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts as fans chant "we want Kanter" during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts as fans chant "we want Kanter" during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Even though the Madison Square Garden crowd kept chanting his name, Enes Kanter didn't see time on the court. 

Kanter logged another DNP-coach's decision in Sunday's 96-84 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, his fifth such absence in the Knicks' last seven games. And though he felt grateful for the fans' support, he said he couldn't completely revel in the moment.

"I don't know if the organization wants to hear (the chants) every game because it's a little embarrassing," Kanter said, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "Because after this trade and everything the fans still want me to go out there and play. I don't know if they want to hear that chant every game. I have no idea what they will do."

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In the aftermath of the Kristaps Porzingis trade that sent him to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, it became evident that there was a divide between the All-Star forward and the Knicks. 

There was a Daily News report that Porzingis voiced his frustrations to his teammates and Enes Kanter, another disgruntled Knicks veteran, confirmed those frustrations following Friday's 113-99 loss to the Celtics. 

The 26-year-old center, who has also demanded a trade from the Knicks after having his playing time diminished, said that he spoke with Porzingis often -- including a summit at halftime during a game against the Thunder last month -- and added the 23-year-old was unhappy with how the team was treating Kanter. 

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After four straight games logging a DNP, Enes Kanter finally got to take his warmup off and enter the game on Wednesday night at The Garden. And with fans chanting his name, Kanter decided to reciprocate the love right back.

Kanter ran onto the hardwood and kneeled down at center court where he kissed the Knicks logo. It's no secret the Turkish big man loves his team and its fanbase, but he said the kiss was meant as a potential farewell gesture to the fans.

"They know the love of New York I have in my heart," Kanter told reporters after the Knicks' 11th straight loss. "I have no problem with this organization. From Day 1, I loved this city, this organization, the fans. They opened their arms."

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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 knows a secret that Knicks fans are clamoring for. 

The Knicks' center sat down with Sports Illustrated on Wednesday and said he believes New York will sign a top free agent this summer.

But Kanter didn't stop there.

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With Anthony Davis making it clear that he wants out of New Orleans, and the Knicks having the assets to pull off a trade before the deadline, there's a buzz in the city that the star forward could maybe come to New York.

Even though the Pelicans could wait until after the season to make a deal, here are five possible Davis trades involving the Knicks (although he doesn't end up in New York in one of them).

TRADE 1: KNICKS AND PELICANS

  • Knicks get... Anthony Davis
  • Pelicans get... Enes Kanter, Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, 2019 first-round pick
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Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) reacts as fans chant "we want Kanter" during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) reacts as fans chant "we want Kanter" during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As long as Enes Kanter is still with the Knicks, he will still be firing shots. 

The Knicks center has not played in the last four games and his role on the bench continues to weigh on him, especially on Sunday when fans at Madison Square Garden began chanting his name. 

Following Monday's road loss to the Hornets, the 26-year-old center ripped head coach David Fizdale for not giving the fans what they wanted. 

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Very few players on the Knicks' current roster appear to be safe from a potential trade. 

According to Marc Berman of The Post, the Knicks have explored trading "nearly everyone" on their roster with the exception of Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson before the Feb. 7 trade deadline. 

It was previously reported the Knicks were actively shopping Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee. 

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Enes Kanter hasn't been shy with his displeasure in not playing. The center held court after the Knicks' 10-point loss to the Nets.

Even though the Brooklyn fans were chanting for him, Knicks C Enes Kanter remained on the bench throughout the game as he watched his team lose 109-99 on the Barclays Center court. 

Head coach David Fizdale addressed why he decided to sit out Kanter yet again after the game, saying he simply doesn't fit the "versatile" style of play he's looking to build. 

"We're fighting for a certain style of play to start building for our future," Fizdale told reporters. "I want to be able to play a very versatile style in the future and I don't want to wait to start working at that. And start building that out."

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Knicks C Enes Kanter has been out of the regular rotation for head coach David Fizdale, who is focused on developing youngster Mitchell Robinson and Luke Kornet instead. But, when Kornet suffered a sprained ankle and bone bruise, it was expected Kanter would see more time on the court against the Rockets on Wednesday night.

That wasn't the case, though, as Kanter never took off his warmup and received a DNP for the game. As one would expect, Kanter responded with frustration. 

"They told me this morning that I'm starting,'' Kanter said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "Now I come to the game and I didn't even play. I'm trying to be a good teammate, but I want to play basketball. If you're going to play me here, play me. If not, just get me out of here."

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after a play against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after a play against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Center Enes Kanter is growing increasingly frustrated at the Knicks after he did not play in Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets hours after he said David Fizdale told him he would start.

"They told me this morning that I'm starting,'' Kanter said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "Now I come to the game and I didn't even play. I'm trying to be a good teammate, but I want to play basketball. If you're going to play me here, play me. If not, just get me out of here."

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Fizdale discusses Enes Kanter and his playing time. Kanter has had a rough few weeks, but Fizdale might turn to the veteran.

Knicks' center Luke Kornet underwent an MRI that confirmed a left ankle sprain with a bone bruise, the team announced on Tuesday. Kornet is in a walking boot and will begin his rehab immediately.

Kornet will be reevaluated over the weekend, the Knicks also announced. Though this signals high hopes for a quick recovery, head coach David Fitzdale confirmed on Tuesday that Kornet will likely miss at least a couple of weeks, per The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov. Fitzdale also added he is leaning towards starting Enes Kanter to take Kornet's place.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter doesn't like his diminished role with team but fan support during his issues with Turkey gives him hope.

Knicks center Enes Kanter expressed his displeasure with being demoted in the playing rotation with head coach David Fizdale wanting to prioritize playing time for younger players.

"We're competitors, and I want to go out there and play basketball, and I understand now the situation with the Knicks," Kanter said after playing just 19 minutes in Monday's 127-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. "It's tough because they're trying to give the young guys a lot of minutes and get them better, but it's not like I'm 32, 33 years old. I'm 26 years old, and I want to go out there and compete and play basketball."

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Kanter talks burgers and Turkey 00:01:17
Enes Kanter explains what really made him sick last week, and opens up about his recent chats with politicians.

Enes Kanter explains what really made him sick last week and opens up about his recent chats with politicians.

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Knicks center Enes Kanter is not going to be intimidated from speaking out against the Turkish government. 

The outspoken 26-year-old was most recently accused by Turkish prosecutors as being a member of a terror organization and the country is seeking an international arrest warrant for the Knicks' big man. 

Kanter, however, says that the arrest warrant only further motivates him to criticize Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his regime. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks center Enes Kanter is being accused by Turkish prosecutors of membership in a terror organization. The nation is seeking an international arrest warrant for Kanter, according to a report by the Associated Press

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks have reportedly spoken with the Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings about a trade that would involve center Enes Kanter, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

New York has engaged with the Bulls about a trade that would involve Kanter and Bulls forward Jabari Parker, however they also looked to include a third team in a possible deal.

While the Kings were an option to be that third team, New York and Sacramento have had separate talks for a trade including Kanter, however the Knicks, according to Bondy, want a "sweetner" to a deal, like a second-round pick, as opposed to swapping expiring contracts.

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Knicks C Enes Kanter might be really sick after that cheat meal.

Kanter had to miss practice on Thursday with what the team called an illness, and it will extend to tonight's matchup against the Pacers where he will be inactive.

This illnes came after a Wednesday night cheat meal that could have fed a family. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter looks to pass as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews and forward Dwight Powell defend during the first half at American Airlines Center. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter looks to pass as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews and forward Dwight Powell defend during the first half at American Airlines Center. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks center Enes Kanter told CNN he has received "hundreds and hundreds of death threats, almost every day" over his comments regarding the Turkish government and him not traveling to London for fear of his life.

Kanter will not be flying to London for the Knicks' matchup with the Washington Wizards next week because he said he feared "spies" could target him, saying, "There's a chance that I can get killed out there."

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Trade talks for Knicks center Enes Kanter continue to gain traction. 

On Wednesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Knicks and Kings have been engaged in talks that would exchange Kanter for Zach Randolph, but nothing is close yet. 

Kanter and Randolph -- the latter of which has not played this season -- both have expiring contracts and the Kings reportedly are looking to deal more expiring contracts and a third team could potentially get involved. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter looks to pass as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews and forward Dwight Powell defend during the first half at American Airlines Center. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter looks to pass as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews and forward Dwight Powell defend during the first half at American Airlines Center. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter's battle with the Turkish government also includes former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu

Turkoglu, now a chief adviser to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a 16-year career in the NBA, was critical of the Knicks center on Monday in response to Kanter's comments that he was not flying to London with the team due to fears he could be murdered by Turkish spies. 

"Kanter can't enter the UK not because of fears for life as he claims but due to passport and visa issues," the former NBA player said in a statement via Twitter. "This being the long-known truth, he is trying to get the limelight with irrational justifications and political remarks. 

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Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Enes Kanter may not have requested a trade, but that doesn't mean teams haven't called the Knicks about the big man.

According to The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov, the Knicks are already seeing interest on Kanter, and they are listening. However, no deal appears imminent at the moment. 

Kanter didn't ask for a trade, but he voiced his frustration with his playing time this season. After being the team's starting center when the season kicked off, Kanter has reverted to a bench role, and he clearly isn't happy about it...

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It is not often the Knicks win a game these days. 

What is even more rare is for owner James Dolan to be there for a road game, sitting courtside and celebrating with the team in the locker room afterwards. 

But that is exactly what happened when the Knicks snapped an eight-game losing streak against a LeBron James-less Lakers team with a 119-112 victory on Friday night. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter will not travel with the Knicks to London for their regular season game against the Bucks on Jan. 16 because, he says, his life would be in danger. 

The 26-year-old center is a wanted criminal in Turkey because of his criticism against their president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and had his passport revoked by the Turkish government the last time he traveled overseas. 

He fears "spies" could target him in London. 

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The New York Knicks snapped their eight game losing streak against a LeBron-less Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Friday. The impressive team effort included hot starts from Tim Hardaway Jr and Kevin Knox and a statement return from Mario Hezonja who was a key factor down the stretch. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Tim Hardaway Jr led all scorers with 22 points and made it known he was a threat after draining three shots from behind the arc in the game's first six minutes. Hardaway Jr recently mentioned how he was not a fan of the team's losing ways, and looked like he put an emphasis on snapping the eight game losing streak tonight. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter has been unhappy with his situation at points this season, complaining in late October while coming off the bench. While he's back in the starting lineup and averaging roughly five more minutes per game than his career average, it would still make sense for the Knicks to explore a potential trade.

Here are three that could work...

Enes Kanter for Miles Plumlee, Justin Anderson

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter sitting on the bench during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Rob Ferguson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter sitting on the bench during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Rob Ferguson/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter may be frustrated with his current role on the team, but he is willing to stick it out. 

The frustrated Knicks center said after Tuesday's 115-108 loss to the Nuggets that he recently had a conversation with GM Scott Perry over his status with the team, but he did not ask for a trade at any point. 

"I did not say that. I like it here a lot," Kanter, a free agent at the end of the season, told reporters. "I probably wouldn't say it to Scott's face, 'I want to be traded.' No. Because I like it here a lot."

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Jan 1, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee (24) shoots over New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet (2) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Jan 1, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee (24) shoots over New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet (2) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Knicks played a lot more competitively on Tuesday against the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets, but it still was not enough as they dropped their eighth straight game in a 115-108 loss. >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) The Knicks hung with the best in the West for three quarters, leading by two points, but ran out of steam in the fourth -- a recurring theme this season with a young, inexperienced team. Denver opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run run and did not look back from there, outscoring them 33-24 in the final frame.

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Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

DENVER --The Knicks (9-28) will try to derail the Nuggets and get their own season back on track. New York has lost seven straight and is dealing with some internal strife. The Knicks are coming off a blowout loss in Utah, a game in which the Jazz led by as many as 46, and forward Enes Kanter is unhappy with his role.

Kanter is a free agent at the end of this year and has come off the bench the last two games. According to Newsday, Kanter all but asked to be traded, adding to the upheaval.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter appears to be reaching a breaking point with the Knicks. 

The center was relegated to the bench for the second straight game in favor of 23-year-old Luke Kornet on Saturday in a 129-97 blowout loss to the Jazz and the new role does not appear to be jelling with the 26-year-old veteran.

Kanter did not check into the game until late in the first quarter with the Knicks already down 14 points and played just 17 minutes in a loss that saw the Knicks trail by as many as 46 points at one point. 

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Dec 29, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Naz Mitrou-Long (30) dribbles the ball ahead of New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Dec 29, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Naz Mitrou-Long (30) dribbles the ball ahead of New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

The Knicks got blown out by the Jazz and extended their losing streak to seven games, as Rudy Gobert scored 25 points and grabbed 16 reobunds to lead Utah >> Box score

Things to know about Saturday's game

 1) The Knicks were bullied out of the paint, as they were outscored 70-26 and gave up an extraordinary 60 rebounds. Rudy Gobert had the team high 16 boards, while Thabo Sefolosha and Derrick Favors each grabbed 10 rebounds a piece. 

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New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet attempts to control the ball as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton defend in the third quarter at the Fiserv Forum. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet attempts to control the ball as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton defend in the third quarter at the Fiserv Forum. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

David Fizdale is sticking with Luke Kornet

The Knicks head coach said on Friday that the 23-year-old center will start again on Saturday against the Utah Jazz following the 7-footer's career-high 23 point performance against the Bucks on Thursday, which included shooting 7 of 11 from three-point range.  

"I want to look at it for a little bit," Fizdale said, per Marc Berman of The Post. "That's part of the deal. He was the one guy that I hadn't looked at in that lineup. I just felt like with that group why not look at it with some space. It looked pretty good."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Enes Kanter-Giannis Antetokounmpo scuffle wasn't the only beef that was born in Milwaukee Thursday night.

After the Knicks big man and Bucks star got into a heated exchange during the fourth quarter of Milwaukee's 112-96 winKristaps Porzingis hopped on social media to rip the Bucks assistant coach who involved himself in the skirmish.

"That was some bs tonight!!!" Porzingis posted in an Instagram story late Thursday. "And that bucks assistant coach needs to sit his ass down before grabbing Enes like that. grab your own players not the opp. team. foh"

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Dec 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) confronts New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) after a foul leading to an ejection in the fourth quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
Dec 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) confronts New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) after a foul leading to an ejection in the fourth quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Enes Kanter already appeared to be ticked off heading into Thursday's rematch with the Bucks. Throw in Giannis Antetokounmpo and that's enough to start some trouble.

Kanter, who started the game on the bench in favor of Luke Kornet, was ejected in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' 112-96 loss after getting into a heated exchange with Antetokounmpo.

With the Knicks down 91-82 in the fourth quarter, the Greek Freak drove to the net only to crash into Kanter's left arm, sending the Bucks forward straight to the floor. Kanter then gave him a look and things escalated from there, with the two exchanging words before being separated by members of the coaching staff.

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Dec 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball around New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) in the second quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
Dec 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball around New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) in the second quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Knicks were done in by the Bucks for the second straight game, as Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee to a 112-96 win on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) Yet again, Antetokounmpo was too much for the Knicks with 31 points on 10-of-21 shooting, 14 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks on the night. He also made it to the charity stripe for 14 free throw attempts, while hitting 10 of them. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter doesn't seem to be too thrilled with David Fizdale's changes to the Knicks starting lineup.

After Fizdale decided to bench the big man for Luke Kornet to start Thursday night's rematch with the Bucks, Kanter appeared to air his grievance on Twitter.

Kanter posted a facepalm emoji and nothing else -- the latest instance of Kanter taking his displeasure to social media. He had a similar post earlier this season upon being benched for Mitchell Robinson.

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Nov 14, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) forward R.J. Barrett (5) and forward Javin DeLaurier (12) react to a three pointer during the second half against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils won 84-46. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)
Nov 14, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) forward R.J. Barrett (5) and forward Javin DeLaurier (12) react to a three pointer during the second half against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils won 84-46. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

The Knicks Tank has been in full effect over the last month as the team has greatly increased its odds to land one of the Top 3 picks in the NBA Draft.  

Since a three-game winning streak that had them at 7-14 on Nov. 25, the Knicks have come crashing back to Earth, going 2-12 as their record has dropped to 9-26.

After their Christmas Day loss to the Bucks -- their fifth-straight -- the Knicks find themselves tied in the loss column with the Suns and Cavaliers (both at 8-26) for the worst record in the NBA. That puts them just a half game back of being in the No. 1 spot for the Draft Lottery...

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports  (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Knicks couldn't handle Joel Embiid and company, losing 131-109 to the 76ers on Wednesday night in Philadelphia. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Embiid and Jimmy Butler led the Sixers with 24 and 20 points respectively. Embiid also recorded a double-double with 10 boards, three assists and one block over 25 minutes. Butler took more free throws than field goals in this one, hitting 8-of-10 from the charity stripe compared to 6-of-9 from the field. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter battles for a rebound between Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and guard Jamal Crawford during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter battles for a rebound between Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and guard Jamal Crawford during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Enes Kanter trolled Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns back in January by telling Booker to "Hold that 'L'" after a 107-85 win.

Booker and the Suns got revenge on Monday, on and off the court.

Booker scored a game-high 38 points in a 128-110 win over the Knicks, then trolled Kanter, notorious for his antics on Twitter.

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New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks lost to the Indiana Pacers 110-99 on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. While four of five Knicks starters finished in double figures, they couldn't find a way to stop Indiana's Victor Oladipo, who scored a game-high 26 points. 

2. Enes Kanter recorded a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 and Emmanuel Mudiay 18 for New York, which has lost six of its last seven games.

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Courtney Lee, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Indiana Pacers, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Dec 14, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) reacts after missing a possible game winning shot in the closing seconds of the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. The Knicks won in overtime 126-124. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)
Dec 14, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) reacts after missing a possible game winning shot in the closing seconds of the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. The Knicks won in overtime 126-124. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)

Down as much as 21 points, the Knicks battled back to defeat the Hornets in a thrilling overtime bout, 126-124, in Charlotte. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Emmanuel Mudiay tallied a career high in points with 34 on the night, and he came up big for the Knicks down the stretch. He almost ended the game in regulation with a three-ball that just rimmed out. But in overtime, he had key buckets to keep the Knicks' lead as they held off a late Hornets comeback. He collected eight assists and three rebounds as well.

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Dec 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)
Dec 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

The Knicks battled back from a 22-point deficit, but they ultimately fell short to Cavaliers, 113-106, on the road Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks made a big comeback in the second half, with rookie Kevin Knox putting them up by one with a thunderous transition dunk. But the Cavs got the lead back from a Rodney Hood floater, and would further it after the Knicks were forced to foul following a miss. The critical play of the game, though, came on an inbound following a timeout where Emmanuel Mudiay couldn't find a teammate to get the ball to in a three-point game. It ended the Knicks' chance at a comeback.

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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Milwaukee Bucks during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Milwaukee Bucks during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Lakers F LeBron James may have made some Knicks fans cry when he told his long-time friend and former teammate Dwyane Wade, "It was either here or The Garden" after their final meeting on Monday night

Well, Knicks head coach David Fizdale is hoping not to make his fans cry any longer over players the team could land in New York.

James is a prime example of NBA players that love playing at Madison Square Garden, but didn't see it as a fit at the time of his free agency. But, with such a loaded class in 2019 -- Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard to just name a few -- Fizdale wants to change that trend. 

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