Enes Kanter Beginning To Consider Opting Out Of $18.4M Contract For 18-19
It's always on my mind," Kanter told the Daily News. "But the season is going really well right now. It's just a contract. I think people worry about it too much and it gets into their head. "People think about it too much and then it affects them, it affects their game, it affects their whole team. When the season is over, that's the time to think about it." - Enes Kanter
Just when there is a glimpse of a bright spot in New York and just when Knicks thought they could save some money with the departure of Carmelo Anthony, they have to re-strategize again.
Kanter is Playing Well
Knicks may have uncovered a hidden gem that fits well in the system and had complimented their big star Kristaps Porzingis. New York is a lot better team than last year and thanks to a better rotation and better management.
Enes Kanter has averaged 25 minutes of play per game, the most in his last three years in the NBA. He is also scoring at an average of 13.8 points per game with a season-high 59.6 Field goal percentage and his rebounding average has also been the highest in the last three years at 10.5.
Kanter has been playing stellar basketball lately and has scored a season-high 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting (7-of-8 from the stripe) on Monday to go with a career-high tying 22 rebounds. These kinds of stats make the player and other teams wonder of bigger and better opportunity.
Enes Kanter at 25 years old was the 3rd pick overall by the Utah Jazz in 2011 and while has shown some greatness, he has not lived up to his calling as one of the top prospects in his rookie class.
While the New York Knicks have other big guys who can step in, like Kyle O'Quinn, promising young player Willy Hernangomez and let's not forget Joakim Noah, Kanter is the player with the most upside and potential to be one of the pillars of the Knicks rebuilding journey.