The Knicks had talked to teams around potential transactions for the previous several weeks, however Kanter’s $18.6 million expiring contract proved too tricky to move at Thursday’s deadline.
Kanter, 26, has appeared in just three of the Knicks’ past 12 matches and has been vocal about his displeasure within his character.
Coach David Fizdale has mastered growing playing younger players. DeAndre Jordan has launched in front of Kanter, and Fizdale said he wanted Jordan to help younger players Luke Kornet along with Mitchell Robinson learn to defend.
Kanter has averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds — tied for 12th in the league — at 25.6 minutes per match this year, but he ranked last out of 6-8 qualified centres in ESPN’s defensive real plus-minus metric.
The Knicks (10-43) acquired Kanter at a 2017 trade that sent Carmelo Anthony into the Oklahoma City Thunder.