The Knicks are in talks to send Enes Kanter to the Sacramento Kings in a deal that would bring Zach Randolph back to New York, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Both players are in the final year of their contracts. Kanter is making $18.6 million this season, while Randolph is making $11.7 million. Woj added that the Kings would want to add additional expiring deals to even out the money.
Kanter has averaged 14.4 points and 11 rebounds in 41 games this season, and recently has waged an open public relations war against Turkish president Recep Erdogan. He’s declined to travel with the Knicks for their game in London due to fears of retaliation by Erdogan, and this week called former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu a “lapdog” for the Turkish leader.
Randolph hasn’t played a game for the Kings this season. The last time the Knicks traded for him, during the 2007 offseason, they sent Steve Francis and Channing Frye to the Portland Trail Blazers for Randolph, Dan Dickau and Fred Jones.