Knicks and Kings reportedly talking Enes Kanter-Zach Randolph trade

Knicks center Enes Kanter has not been happy with his role under first-year coach David Fizdale this season

Knicks center Enes Kanter has not been happy with his role under first-year coach David Fizdale this season

The New York Knicks are discussing a trade that would send center Enes Kanter to the Sacramento Kings for power forward Zach Randolph, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

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.

Seeing limited minutes but carrying an enormous paycheck, it may not be surprising if the New York Knicks suddenly deal off Enes Kanter to teams with sensible offers.

Although Wojnarowski's sources say a Randolph for Kanter trade isn't close, both players should consider preparing themselves for a move prior to the February 7 National Basketball Association trade deadline.

Throughout his National Basketball Association career, Kanter has played with three different teams in seven-and-a-half seasons.

Despite Kanter making $18.6 million this year, the Kings have the flexibility to pull off this deal as they now have around $11 million in cap space. Hence why a third team might be needed. He spent the 2007-08 season and part of the following season with the Knicks.

Randolph, 37, is at the twilight of his National Basketball Association career.

Ultimately, the Turkish center has no future in NY, so it makes sense to let him join the Kings, who are now chasing a playoff appearance. It would give Kanter an opportunity to play for a team making a playoff push. The list of interested teams could swell in the coming days as the February trade deadline nears.

Kanter, 26, is averaging 14.4 points and 11.0 rebounds this season. It was one of the best stretches of his career as he averaged 18 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.

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