Kanter Joining Celtics, Matthews To Pacers

Kanter Joining Celtics, Matthews To Pacers

The annual National Basketball Association franchise value list was released by Forbes on Wednesday, and the New York Knicks top the list. Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks kisses the Knicks logo on the court as he enters the game in the third quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2019 in New York City.

Matthews plans to sign with the Pacers, according to a report from Charania. One of the main reasons is the Knicks are trying to develop their younger players while also utilizing DeAndre Jordan, who NY acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Mavericks that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas. 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.

That said, the native of Turkey - who has made headlines because of a political feud with that country's president - will have a new home soon enough, there will be teams interested.

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Kanter averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes per game this season but ranked last out of 68 qualified centers in ESPN's defensive real plus-minus metric.

Enes Kanter wanted to be somewhere he got a chance to play.

Kanter's expiring contract at $18.6 million made trade options a hard match for the Knicks. The club also received interest in recent days for big man Noah Vonleh, sources said. NY also has roughly $70 million in cap space this summer - enough for two max contracts.

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