Enes Kanter, the center of the New York Knicks, was not playing in the game against the Houston Rockets. Subsequently, he complained about the lack of playing time and demanded a trade in case the state does not change.
"I want to play basketball, we all want to compete, let me play, if not, send me away from here," said Kanter after the 110-114 defeat, with James Harden scoring 61 points for the Houston Rockets.
After the injury of starting center Luke Kornet, according to some statements, Kanter should take over his position. In the short term, Coach David Fizdale decided to set up Noah Vonleh as a center.
"It was about getting as much speed on the floor as possible to challenge Harden and bring balance," Fizdale explained.
Kanter is increasingly frustrated about the situation: "My job is to encourage my teammates and to be a good teammate, but what they do with me is a mess, and I deserve better." On Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Big Man was only 19 minutes on the floor.
New York Knicks rely on the development of their talents
Especially on the defense side of the ball, Kanter shows big deficits and ranks among all centers on the penultimate place in the defensive real plus-minus. Above all, Fizdale wants to develop the young Kornet and Mitchell Robinson. Kanter earns $18.6 million in his last contract year. In addition to a buyout, a trade is possible, but Knicks do not want to trade him for some other player who is having a long-term and a very high contract.
The former Oklahoma City Thunder player has been making headlines over the past few weeks due to his criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. For this reason, he did not travel with his team to the London Game against the Washington Wizards because he had a fear that his assassination is possible.