The New York Knicks continue to wait for Enes Kanter to decide on his player option, but all signs point to him opting in.
All signs point to Enes Kanter returning to the New York Knicks. According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, Kanter is leaning heavily toward exercising his $18.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season. He has until Friday to make his decision.
Per Begley, Kanter will survey the market right up until the deadline, “but barring an unforeseen significant change in the market, he will opt in.” The Knicks are eagerly anticipating what Kanter will do as his decision will shape the rest of their offseason.
Kanter is dropping hints via interviews that he’s going to come back. The 26-year-old told Marc Berman of The New York Post flat out that he wants to return to the Knicks.
Per Berman, Kanter also discusses mentoring Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson. The former OKC sixth man star said this of the rookie:
“I watched videos [of Robinson],” Kanter told The Post of the 7-foot project. “He’s athletic. He’s going to be really good for us. He can bring a lot of energy and have an effect on the defensive end and he’s just going to get better on offense.”
Kanter’s made it clear he’ll wait until the last minute to make his decision “on the last day” as he mentions the four or five other interested teams.