CHICAGO — It has been lengthy assumed Enes Kanter will choose into the ultimate yr of his contract. The $18.four million is simply too nice.
However with the 25-year-old having fun with his greatest season within the NBA, the concept maybe this is not a given is price exploring — particularly since Kanter says he hasn’t made up his thoughts.
“It is at all times on my thoughts,” Kanter informed the Day by day Information. “However the season goes rather well proper now. It is only a contract. I believe folks fear about it an excessive amount of and it will get into their head.
“Individuals give it some thought an excessive amount of after which it impacts them, it impacts their recreation, it impacts their complete workforce. When the season is over, that is the time to consider it.”
No matter Kanter decides will alter the panorama of New York’s upcoming offseason. If he opts in, the Knicks could have near no cap house. If he goes into unrestricted free company, GM Scott Perry and president Steve Mills are available in the market for a high free agent — whether or not it’s re-signing Kanter or chasing an athletic defensive wing like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The largest wild card is that Kanter doesn’t have an agent, having parted methods with Max Ergul about two years in the past. He’s represented by his supervisor, Hilmi Cinar, however the heart acknowledged he’ll “most likely” rent an agent over the summer season.
The Knicks haven’t but mentioned the opt-in with Kanter, who’d favor to maintain it on the again burner.
“My factor is, ‘Hey, if I make the playoffs I am good.’ As a result of if I fear about contracts and cash and all this, and if I begin interested by my contract or if I will choose out or not, it’s going to be egocentric.”
Utilizing sturdy proof, longtime NBA government and present ESPN insider Bobby Marks “strongly” urged towards Kanter opting out of his contract. He reasoned that Kanter will not get the $18.four million in annual wage in free company (though maybe Kanter will land extra safety with an extended deal), and he’ll maintain extra leverage in the summertime of 2019.
Why? Solely eight groups are plotted to have cap room in 2018: Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, Indiana, Lakers, Sacramento, Philly and Dallas.
“I do not see any of these groups paying high greenback for a middle,” the insider mentioned. “If he waits till 2019, the groups with room double.”
Heading into Thursday’s recreation towards the Spurs, Kanter is averaging 13.eight factors and 10.5 boards over simply 25.9 minutes. Nevertheless, he is additionally a conventional heart in a league the place that place has been tremendously diminished. Kanter operates nearly completely within the paint. Over the summer season, he’ll have an enormous resolution to make about how a lot that is price.