The Knicks had talked to teams about potential trades for the last fourteen days, however, Kanter’s $18.6 million dying contract was overly difficult to proceed at Thursday’s deadline.
Kanter, 26, has appeared in three of those Knicks’ 12 matches and it has been outspoken about his displeasure on his reduced role.
Coach David Fizdale has been mastered playing and developing younger players in recent weeks. DeAndre Jordan has started in front of Kanter, also Fizdale said he wanted Jordan to help younger players Luke Kornet along with Mitchell Robinson learn how to defend.
Kanter has averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds — tied for 12th in the league — in 25.6 minutes per match this year, however, he ranked last out of 68 qualified centers in ESPN’s defensive real plus-minus metric.
The Knicks (10-43) acquired Kanter in a 20 17 transaction that delivered Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder.