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.
As the Knicks run out of time to find a trade for center Enes Kanter and his $18.6M expiring deal, discussions on a contract buyout are expected to begin as soon as the deadline passes on Thursday at 3 PM ET, league sources tell ESPN.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2019
The 26-year-old Kanter last offseason exercised a player option for the 2018-19 season for $18.6 million. David Fizdale has either reduced Kanter's minutes or not played him at all in games over the last month as the coach tries to get a look at younger players.
Kanter was a coach's decision DNP in six of the Knicks' last eight games. He didn't play in the Knicks' loss Tuesday against the Pistons.