The Knicks are working to move center Enes Kanter, and the most recent candidate that has emerged as a potential trade partner is the Kings.
New York and Sacramento are in talks about an Enes Kanter, Zach Randolph trade of expiring contracts, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources, though a deal is not close yet.
The report added the Kings would hope to send out more expiring contracts in the trade. Kanter is on an expiring $18.6 million contract, while Randolph’s is worth $11.6 million, northjersey.com noted.
New York and Sacramento discussing an Enes Kanter-Zach Randolph trade of expiring contracts, but nothing close yet, league sources tell ESPN. Kings would want to send out more expirings in a deal. A third team could be helpful.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 9, 2019
Randolph, 37, has been averaging 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds this season. He spent the 2007-08 season and part of the following season with the Knicks. He was then traded to the Clippers before playing for the Grizzlies and Kings.
On the other side of the deal, Kanter has been frustrated with his role for the Knicks as the franchise has started to focus more on developing their younger players. The eight-year veteran was moved out of New York’s starting lineup last month.
According to newsday.com, which cited a Knicks source, the Kanter situation is expected to work itself out, however, there hasn’t been a “robust market” for the center. The report noted a Western Conference team like the Clippers and the Kings would make sense.
Kanter, who has been averaging 14.4 points and 11 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game this season, was sent to the Knicks from the Thunder as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade in September 2017. He previously played for the Jazz.