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Report: Enes Kanter planning to opt in with Knicks

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) drives to the basket against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)


Knicks center Enes Kanter had one of the most no-brainer player-option decisions in the NBA this year.

He’s due $18,622,514 – FAR more than he could get on the open market. And he has repeatedly touted how much he enjoys New York.

But Kanter said he was leaning toward declining his option, which got the attention-hungry player a lot of attention.

Of course, after New Yorkers spent plenty of time considering Kanter, this saga will end in the inevitable place.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

This essentially nukes the Knicks’ cap space for this summer. They’ll still have the mid-level exception, but they’ve preached patience and will emphasize flexibility for next year.

New York projects to have about $36 million in cap space next summer (counting stretching Joakim Noah, not counting a contract extension signed this offseason for Kristaps Porzingis). In that market with Porzingis on board, that money could go far.