Knicks C Enes Kanter hasn't played a full season with his new team, yet he wishes to retire in New York.
After making that statement, Kanter asked, "Is it bad?" It is never bad for a player to show his love for his team, but if Kanter's wish is to come true, he will need to decide what he wants to do next season.
The 25-year-old has an $18.4 million player option for next season, and he has made it known he doesn't know what he wants to do yet as he focuses on this season. But, if his words of wanting to retire in New York are true, it is safe to say he takes the option. Kanter would, then, be an unrestricted free agent for the 2019-2020 season.
"You realize after you play for the Knicks, you don't want to play for nobody else," Kanter told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "Everything you need is here, the staff, the crowd, the teams, the organization, you don't want to play for nobody else. This is the place."
Kanter has been a great compliment to Jeff Hornacek's team since coming over in the Carmelo Anthony trade. The big man has allowed Kristaps Porzingis to work on the perimeter mostly as he works the paint. For example, Kanter's 31-point, 22-rebound game on Christmas Day against the Sixers showed his ability to work the glass and help the Knicks in the rebound department.
However, since that game, Kanter has seen a dip in his time on the floor. Over the last six games, he is averaging just 19.8 minutes on the floor compared to his 25-minute average for the season. Overall, Kanter is averaging 13.4 points and 9.9 rebounds a game.