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Is Enes Kanter staying put in the Big Apple?
ESPN’s Ian Begley reported today that Kanter will likely opt in to his $18.6 million player option for next season. If this is true, the Knicks will only have a $8.6 million non-tax midlevel exception and a $3.4 million biannual exception to offer this year’s free agent class.
Enes Kanter is leaning heavily toward opting in to his $18.6 million player option for 2018-19, per ESPN sources. Kanter will continue to survey the market until his Friday deadline but, barring an unforeseen significant change in the market, he will opt-in, per ESPN sources.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 28, 2018
In other words, if Kanter opts in, the Knicks have no ends. No bread. No money. You get the point.
The lack of funds available this season to sign free agents won’t be a huge issue since the Knicks front office has their minds set on the upcoming 2019 free agent class, which may feature coveted free agents such as Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard. For now, the Knicks are leaning towards free agents who are willing to sign one-year deals to help keep their cap situation flexible.
With Kanter staying, it’ll be interesting to see how he fits into Coach David Fizdale’s offense — especially since he’s been practicing shooting the long ball this summer.
Who else is excited to see Kanter making it fly from deep this upcoming season?