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Enes Kanter | Center | #00

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/20/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 245
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (3) / UTA
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Enes Kanter again hinted that he may opt-out of his contract this summer, but his agent said they are still doing their due diligence.
Kanter has an $18.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season. He has until June 29th to decide. Kanter has intimated he is leaning towards opting out and becoming an unrestricted free agent in July. However, his new agent, Mark Bartelstein, said: "I wouldn’t read too much into it. We’re still doing our due diligence." Kanter's decision will determine the amount of cap space the Knicks have to work with this summer. Apr 27 - 10:56 AM

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Enes Kanter said it's accurate to say that he's leaning toward opting out of his $18.6 million player option to seek a long-term deal this summer.

He did add he would like to stay with the Knicks long term. In their front office press conference today, the Knicks hinted that they'd like to take a more patient approach to building their roster. In other words, they may try to pull a carbon-copy version of what Sam Hinkie did, but of course there is only one master of trusting the process. If Kanter does opt out, the Knicks likely wouldn't be too aggressive, but you never really know with that team.
Apr 12 - 3:32 PM

Enes Kanter (back, wrist) will sit out Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Cavs.

Kyle O'Quinn should close out the year as New York's starting center, with Luke Kornet acting as his primary backup, but it's KOQ who makes for the safer DFS play. Kanter is coming off one of his best seasons, finishing the year with averages of 14.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game on 59.2% shooting from the field and 84.8% from the stripe, so it'll be very interesting to see if he picks up his player option worth $18.6 million this summer or decides to test his value on the open market.
Apr 11 - 11:16 AM

Enes Kanter (back, wrist) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Cleveland.

Kanter has missed each of the Knicks last five contests after falling hard on his back two weeks ago. The Knicks will likely err on the side of caution and keep him out of the finale as well. Kyle O'Quinn has done a solid job filling in for Kanter. KQO is averaging 11.6 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over the five games he's started in place of Kanter.
Apr 10 - 11:49 AM

Enes Kanter (back, wrist) will not play on Monday against the Cavs.

This will mark his fifth straight game on the sidelines, and Kanter might be done for the season. Kyle O'Quinn will continue to start in his place, with Luke Kornet seeing extended minutes with the second unit. O'Quinn is the more attractive asset between the two.
Apr 9 - 5:36 PM

Enes Kanter (back) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

Kanter talked about wanting to play in this game because of his beef with LeBron James, but it doesn't look like it will happen. Kyle O'Quinn has been a monster in Kanter's absence and is coming off a 15-point game with 16 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
Apr 9 - 11:02 AM

Enes Kanter (back) is out for Saturday against the Bucks.

That should set up Kyle O'Quinn for another start, and he's been terrific this past week without Kanter. It's possible Kanter is out for the season.
Apr 7 - 5:47 PM

Enes Kanter (sore lower back and right wrist) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Bucks.

Kanter has missed three straight, and is headed towards a fourth game on the sideline. Kyle O'Quinn has played well starting in place of Kanter, and is expected to draw another start on Saturday. Also, Luke Kornet has seen an uptick in minutes off the bench. Kornet had 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in 22 minutes on Saturday.
Apr 7 - 10:45 AM

Enes Kanter (sore lower back and right wrist) will not play on Friday vs. the Heat.

Kanter keeps saying that he still wants to return this season, but it may not be up to him. We're going to see a lot of Kyle O'Quinn tonight which makes him a strong (and volatile) fantasy asset, while Luke Kornet should grab the backup center minutes again.
Apr 6 - 5:36 PM

Enes Kanter (sore lower back and right wrist) is listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Heat.

Kanter has said he wants to return to action this season, but the Knicks have just three games left after Friday's contest. Kyle O'Quinn, who has been playing quite well of late, will draw another start if Kanter is ruled out. O'Quinn is an intriguing DFS option on Friday if you are looking to save money at the center position.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 6 - 1:39 PM

Enes Kanter (sore lower back and right wrist) did not practice Thursday but said he is hoping to return before the end of the season.

Kanter has missed two straight games after a nasty spill on a dunk attempt last week. The Knicks have four games remaining this season, with their final two coming against Cleveland. "I’ve been thinking about those two games [the] whole season," said Kanter, who exchanged words with LeBron James earlier this year. "But we’ll see how it feels. If it feels healthy, I’m going to come back even before that. But if it feels hurt … it wouldn’t be smart." We should have an update on Friday morning after the Knicks shootaround.
Apr 6 - 11:15 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he wasn't sure if Enes Kanter would play again this season.

The Knicks have just four games left this season and Kanter's back has been a lingering issue. The Knicks also have the 8th worst record in the NBA and they may try to improve their lottery position in the final week. Kyle O'Quinn is a really hot pickup right now, while owners in deeper leagues should keep an eye on Luke Kornet. Kanter has yet to return to full practice.
Apr 5 - 10:46 AM

Enes Kanter (sore lower back and right wrist) and Michael Beasley (illness) have been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. Orlando.

This will be the second straight game on the shelf for Kanter, who fell had on his back last Wednesday vs. the Sixers. Kyle O'Quinn started in place of Kanter on Sunday and finished with eight points, 15 rebounds, three assists, one block and two turnovers in 32 minutes. KQO is expected to draw another start and is worth consideration as a streamer if you are looking for boards. Luke Kornet should see about 15-18 minutes off the bench as well.
Apr 3 - 5:36 PM

Enes Kanter (back, wrist) is doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Magic.

His back has been an issue before this season but the wrist is a new injury. The Knicks have no incentive to win games, so we'd expect them to be cautious and hold the big man out. Kyle O'Quinn appears to be the primary beneficiary if Kanter sits and is coming off an eight-point game with 15 rebounds, three assists and one block on Saturday. Luke Kornet will likely pick up the backup center minutes, but played just 16 minutes on Saturday.
Apr 2 - 11:41 AM

Enes Kanter (back) will not play Saturday against the Pistons.

This is a back injury he played through on Wednesday, and he also has a wrist injury. He has dealt with back injuries before, so maybe Kanter is out for a few games. Kyle O'Quinn should see minutes along with Luke Kornet and maybe Isaiah Hicks.
Mar 31 - 3:21 PM

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All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jarrett Jack
2Emmanuel Mudiay
3Frank Ntilikina
4Trey Burke
5Ron Baker
SG1Courtney Lee
2Damyean Dotson
SF1Tim Hardaway Jr.
2Lance Thomas
3Troy Williams
PF1Kristaps Porzingis
2Michael Beasley
3Isaiah Hicks
C1Enes Kanter
2Kyle O'Quinn
3Luke Kornet
4Joakim Noah