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.
"I don't understand," Kanter said. "This is too early in the season to shut me down. My goal is to go out there and try to be an All-Star this year. That was my goal. But now, look at the situation. You can't do anything about it. You've got to stay positive. Just got to stay positive."
He also isn't happy about the team's performance, even though it was expected in a rebuilding year. The Knicks' own a 10-29 record, sitting second-to-last in the Eastern Conference. Kanter called it "embarrassing" how badly the Knicks lose at times, too.
"We're down by like 40 or 50," Kanter told reporters after the game. "It's very embarrassing. I understand we want our young guys to get better, but it's very painful to watch it. I try to stay positive and help the young guys get better, but like I said, I have no idea why they're doing that."
Kanter opted into the final year of his contract with New York, where he is making $18.6 million this season. And with him hitting free agency after the season, the Knicks may want to trade him to get something in return before he walks.
But while he's still in blue and orange, Kanter wants to continue playing hard and working for wins.
"I don't want no free money," he said. "This organization pays me money to go out there and play as hard as I can and just fight every possession. I don't want any free money. When I'm out there, I'm going to give my everything. I'm going to give 100 percent every second."