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Knicks waive Wesley Matthews, Enes Kanter

09 February 2019

Kanter joined the Knicks in September 2017, arriving with Doug McDermott and the pick that became Robinson from the Oklahoma City Thunder, who acquired Carmelo Anthony in return.

He has logged six DNP-CD in the Knicks' last eight games. It's really been a top-to-bottom effort for a franchise that is closing in on the most valuable product both on the court and financially.

The Knicks made the decision having failed in their attempts to find a trade partner for the 26-year-old center in recent days, according to ESPN. He averaged 13.1 points in 44 starts for the Mavericks this season, his 10th in the league.

Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) dunks over Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Phoenix.

Coach David Fizdale has prioritized playing and developing younger players in recent weeks.

In his 25.6 minutes per game with NY this season he is averaging 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

The Knicks finally waived Enes Kanter and Wes Matthews but not DeAndre Jordan. He's also strong on the glass and can get offensive rebounds.

The Knicks wanted to trade him, but there was no market for a guy making $18.6 million who, because of his serious defensive shortcomings, is nearly unplayable in the postseason.

Some speculate the move positions the Knicks to acquire not one but two big-ticket free agents this offseason, such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The club now has three open roster spots.

Knicks waive Wesley Matthews, Enes Kanter