Enes Kanter agrees with his fellow big man Kristaps Porzingis in keeping the Knicks together ahead of the trade deadline.
The Knicks have called themselves a playoff team, but their recent skid hasn't looked that way. They were just crushed by 30 in Boston, and lost on a last-second shot to the Bucks on Friday.
New York now sits 4.5 game back of the Sixers for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, but that doesn't mean the front office should give up just yet.
"I think right now, our only goal is making the playoffs," Kanter told NY Daily News' Peter Botte. "Whatever guys they move or they don't move, my thing is just focus on the playoffs.
"Obviously, I like every guy on our team. I would want to play with all the guys for the rest of my season and career because they're just good locker room…Obviously, it's a business in the end. It's not my call, so I'm just playing for this team. I think the GM and the president are going to make the best decisions for us. I don't even want to pay attention to who's going to go or not, because in the end, I like every guy. I have no problem with anybody."
Kanter understands what it's like to move at the trade deadline as the Jazz traded him to the Thunder in 2015. He was also just moved in the Carmelo Anthony trade to the Thunder this offseason.
The young center has been putting up great numbers all season (14.1 points, 10.4 rebounds), and it could very well generate interest from real playoff contenders. The Knicks also would love to get rid of Joakim Noah's contract, as he is out indefinitely following a heated altercation with head coach Jeff Hornacek at practice. Teams, however, are balking on him, and looking at players like Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, and Courtney Lee instead.
But Kanter knows what the transition will be like if one of his teammates (or himself) moves before Feb. 8.
"Especially this time of the year, it's tough because you've got to move all your stuff. You've got to pack and everything. You've got to a different city. It's always awkward and weird," Kanter said. "But it's a business. It's part of it. If it happens, it happens. If not, we're just going to keep doing what we're doing.
"I think there's been a lot of talk on social media and stuff - he's going to move, he's not going to move. He's going to stay, he's not going to stay. I don't think we should pay attention to that. I think, right now, we're about to make the playoffs or not. I don't think guys should pay attention to that because it's going to take away the focus from the season. Let's go out there and play basketball. Let's have fun with our teammates."
As the Knicks look to take on the Hawks on Sunday, head coach Jeff Hornacek reminds his team that trade rumors are just that -- rumors.
"I always tell them most of the time your name is out there you usually don't get traded, because the GM's and those guys are trying to keep everything quiet," he said. "You just got to play. It's a hard thing. They're all human. They're all wondering what's going to happen next week. But try to do their best when out there."