New York Knicks Enes Kanter
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The New York Knicks center Enes Kanter is planning to hire a prominent agent ahead of an important contract decision this offseason.

Enes Kanter of the New York Knicks holds all the cards this offseason and it looks like he’s beginning to prepare for his big decision. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Kanter plans on signing Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports.

It’s unclear how Bartelstein will affect Kanter’s upcoming offseason but regardless, the big man from Turkey has a huge decision looming. Kanter can opt-in to the final year of his current deal and collect $18.6 million from the Knicks in 2018-2019. If he opts-out out of his contract it’s likely because he thinks that he can secure a multi-year deal from a team.

Kanter has been very vocal this season about wanting to play in New York for the rest of his career and Knicks fans have grown attached to Kanter this year. He’s a fun-loving guy who knows how to keep things interesting. Whether he’s trolling LeBron James, standing up for Frank Ntilikina, or training to join the WWE, he has a knack for keeping things fun.

The Knicks will be waiting on Kanter and his new representation, but don’t expect New York to open up the checkbook for him. Kanter is a defensively challenged center that doesn’t stretch the floor on offense. To be fair, he’s an excellent rebounder and can score inside with anybody, but the NBA is shifting away from this type of big man.

Despite his hustle, heart, and likeability, he’s not the future at the center position for this team. The best thing for the Knicks’ future may be if Kanter opts-out and seeks a multi-year deal somewhere else. There’s no telling what’s on Kanter’s mind right now, but the decision is looming.

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