Knicks, Kings Discussing Trade Involving These Big Men

Ross Houston
January 11, 2019

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, New York and Sacramento are discussing a Kanter-Zach Randolph trade in a potential deal of expiring contracts.

Kanter is due to make $18.6 million this season, while Randolph will be getting $11.6 million.

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Trading Kanter would be a win for both sides.

Throughout his National Basketball Association career, Kanter has played with three different teams in seven-and-a-half seasons. A third team could be helpful. The two-time All-Star played for the Knicks during the 2007-08 season and briefly during the 2008-09 season before being traded to the Clippers.

At 37 years old, Randolph's better days are obviously behind him and it would be shocking if the Knicks attempted to retain him next should they acquire him.

Kanter proved to be a deadly addition to the Thunder's bench, although he was surprisingly traded to the Knicks as part of the blockbuster 2017 deal that took Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City.

For Kanter, it provides a much-needed change of scenery as his playing time continues to be sporadic under first-year head coach David Fizdale.

While he's developed into a defensive liability, he's averaging 14.4 points and 11 rebounds per game this season. But when one looks at the ploys that the Knicks are using, it seems that focus is more on the younger players and planning ahead. The list of interested teams could swell in the coming days as the February trade deadline nears.

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