Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
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Knicks and Kings reportedly talking Enes Kanter-Zach Randolph trade

Knicks and Kings reportedly talking Enes Kanter-Zach Randolph trade

Wojnarowski adds that the two sides are not close yet and the Kings would like to trade away more of their expiring contracts in a deal.

The Knicks and Kings are reportedly discussing a trade that would send center Enes Kanter to Sacramento in exchange for power forward Zach Randolph. Kanter is on an expiring $18.6 million contract, while Randolph's is worth $11.6 million, noted. The Knicks aren't tanking, but they are shifting the focus of this season to player development. Trading Randolph's $11.6 million would give them plenty of space to fit the rest of Kanter's deal. A third team could be helpful. On the other end, the Knicks would be getting players with expiring contracts, which would no longer be a concern come the 2019-20 season. He spent the 2007-08 season and part of the following season with the Knicks. Randolph, 37, has not appeared in a game. He averaged 14.5 points per game with 6.7 rebounds in 58 games with the Kings last season.

The 26-year-old has not started in six games despite being one of the team's most talented offensive weapons without Kristaps Porzingis.

It's clear that the center does not fit in the team's plans under Fizdale and general manager Scott Perry as the Knicks are on the verge of possibly making some big changes to the roster this offseason.

Kanter, who is making $18.6 million this year, is now averaging 14.4 points and 11.0 rebounds in just 26.5 minutes, but the Knicks are 10-31 on the season. Furthermore, it would free up time for Luke Kornet and Mitchell Robinson to see more time on the floor.

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