The New York Knicks have waived Enes Kanter and Wesley Matthews, allowing them to sign with other teams for a playoff run. "He is a courageous individual and we thank him for his many contributions both on the court and in the community".
The Knicks, who feature a starting lineup with three new players acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, lost at home Tuesday night for a franchise-record 15th straight game. Kanter is a vocal critic of the regime, and refused to travel with the Knicks to London earlier this season for fear that he could be assassinated.More news: Top US envoy returns to South Korea after North Korea visit
To explain the jump in average team value, Forbes said each of the NBA's 30 franchises received more than $110 million last season from equally-shared revenue like national media, sponsorships, licensing and worldwide streams.
Kanter has what it takes to be a game changer for the Celtics should they be able to grab him if he can find a way to a buyout, the question now is if it will happen.
Kanter, 26, has played a total of 42 minutes over the past 13 games.More news: Ghana's ministry intensifies fight against female genital mutilation
Kanter can score. He averaged 14.5 points and 10 rebounds a game, he does most of his damage around the basket (61.5 percent of his shots came in the restricted area) but he has to be guarded at the arc. He is tied for third in the National Basketball Association in offensive rebounding (3.9 per game) since the start of the 2017-18 season. Kanter has an $18.6 million expiring deal. The trade deadline passed without action on Kanter.
But while trade season is over until the summer, teams with an open roster spot can still acquire a new addition via the buyout market.
The Knicks also chose to keep Jordan, despite suggestions that the veteran would be bought out.More news: Police tell Waze to stop pinpointing their checkpoints
Opposing teams expect the Knicks to be aggressive in pursuing the top free agents in the coming offseason, a group that includes Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving.