GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In Enes Kanter's ideal world, he will retire as a Knick and he will help lead many playoff runs in the future.
Kanter, who has a player option for $18.6 million for next season, reiterated Saturday that he hopes to retire a Knick and doesn't want to be dealt as the team rebuilds around younger players. The trade deadline was Thursday.
"I said it before, I said it before the trade deadline, that's where I want to be," said Kanter, who's averaging 14.1 points and 10.6 rebounds since coming over from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade. "That's where I want to retire. I hope I'll stay here for a long time."
Kanter said there's a negative perception about New York among some NBA players, but that he's a big fan, especially of the front office led by President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry.
"I like this place, man," Kanter said. "It's weird because people are scared to come to New York because they think New York is scary, all these bad things but I think this organization is good, man. These guys, Scott and Steve, the coaches and everything. They are just making sure you got everything you need so you can just focus on basketball.
"There is a thing in the NBA that New York is scary but it's good in here, man. Good people, good basketball, good stuff around."
As for this year, where the Knicks appear headed to the NBA Draft lottery in the wake of the Kristaps Porzingis injury, Kanter said the dream of making the playoffs is probably out the window.
"It's never impossible," he said of the playoffs. "First of all, we are the team, we're not going to back down, we're not going to say we're on vacation now. We're going to keep playing hard and try to get the best results. If one guy is down that means it's more opportunity for [the] other guy.
"For the playoffs, not making the playoffs or making the playoffs, I'm just going to keep playing hard, man. We are in the 11th spot right now. I'm probably going to stop looking because it will just kill me to see us not in the top eight."
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