Knicks, Kings discussing Enes Kanter, Zach Randolph deal

Ruben Hill
January 11, 2019

The teams are in talks over a potential trade that would involve the Knicks sending center Enes Kanter to Sacramento in exchange for power forward Zach Randolph, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday, citing National Basketball Association sources.

Kanter carries an $18.6 million salary this season, while Randolph is earning $11.7 million.

The report added the Kings would hope to send out more expiring contracts in the trade.

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.

The Kings were optimistic after deploying Cauley-Stein as a full-time center for the first time last season, seeing encouraging results and flashes of consistency, but wanted to see another season of it before committing to an extension of his rookie contract. He spent the 2007-08 season and part of the following season with the Knicks.

But teams have reportedly inquired about Kanter, and the Knicks have listened.

The Kings now are 10th in the Western Conference standings, and adding Kanter might bolster their prospects of qualifying for the playoffs.

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.

"The Kings also have veterans like Kosta Koufos ($8.7MM) and Ben McLemore ($5.5MM) on expiring contracts and could look to make the most of those deals in trades in the coming weeks", Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors wrote. He previously played for the Jazz.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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