New York Knicks waive FETO-linked basketball player

Ross Houston
February 9, 2019

The New York Knicks have waived Center Enes Kanter and Guard Wesley Matthews.

It never really worked out with the New York Knicks but fans will remember his talents during his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, David Aldridge of The Athletic is already reporting that Matthews will sign a deal with the Indiana Pacers once he's officially available. Kanter made headlines last month after refusing to participate in the Knicks' game against the Wizards in London because he said he feared for his life due to his opposition to the current regime in his native Turkey.

To explain the jump in average team value, Forbes said each of the NBA's 30 franchises received more than $110 million last season from equally-shared revenue like national media, sponsorships, licensing and worldwide streams.

Kanter, 26, has played a total of 42 minutes over the past 13 games. According to, teams were wary of his $18.6 million expiring contract and instead waited for NY to waive him. Smith an intriguing player, but still unproven with an interesting upside and visible downside.

Kanter is averaging 14 points and 10.5 rebounds this season, but recently was demoted to fourth-string.

Having said that, the NBA Trade Deadline is not the end of the excitement.

Kanter will become an unrestricted free agent on the buyout market, and a lot of playoff teams are studying that market looking to add depth and fill in gaps in their roster. He is tied for third in the National Basketball Association in offensive rebounding (3.9 per game) since the start of the 2017-18 season. NY also has roughly $70 million in cap space this summer - enough for two max contracts.

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