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Yes, it’s the glorious return of links posts. I’m working on figuring out a schedule so that these will be back for good!
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— Enes Kanter figures to be the biggest story of the remainder of this week in Knicks land. Kanter can opt in or out of the roughly-$19 million final year of his contract by the end of the day Friday. Whether he will or won’t... well, it’s been a bit of an object of debate. First there were these two little reports from ESPN’s Ian Begley and SNY’s Taylor Rooks the other day that made it seem as if Kanter might be on the way out:
Enes Kanter hasn’t yet made a decision on his $18.6 million player option. Opposing teams expect him to opt in. But if Kanter opts out, multiple teams - including Milwaukee - have expressed interest internally in discussing a potential contract with the 26-year-old center.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 24, 2018
I asked Enes Kanter if he has a timetable on when he will make the decision whether or not to opt out.— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) June 24, 2018
He says: “the last minute, the last day, the last second” with a smile.
But then today, Marc Berman of the NY Post (between veiled insults at the Knicks after they didn’t draft his guy Mikal Bridges) got an exclusive BERMAN BOMB interview with Kanter where he sounded more or less like he wanted to stay:
“I watched videos [of Robinson],” Kanter told The Post of the 7-foot project. “He’s athletic. He’s going to be really good for us. He can bring a lot of energy and have an effect on the defensive end and he’s just going to get better on offense.”
Kanter told The Post new coach David Fizdale makes it more likely he’ll opt in, though he revealed that “four, five teams” have interest in him as a free agent on a long-term deal. Several agents, however, believe Kanter will be forced to opt in because most teams lack considerable cap space this offseason.
Kanter, according to a source, is expected to announce his decision Friday on social media, where he is extremely active.
Kanter’s already sorta cringey on social media, so I’m expecting a full-on college signing day-esque spectacle, complete with hats. And then there’s also this:
'I'm without country, without home now, and keep getting marriage proposals on social media to accelerate the process of getting US citizenship. And I'm like, you know what, I think I'm going to wait,'— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 27, 2018
So, yeah. Welcome to Enes Kanter Week! All Enes, all the time!
— Begley has been just wonderful so far this offseason, and clearly working his tail off. He offered these very encouraging quotes from Trey Burke:
From earlier: before Trey Burke worked with young players at a skills camp in NYC on Saturday, he took time to answer a few questions about NYK. He describes here the fundamentals that are stressed in voluntary workouts w/David Fizdale, who is ‘holding everybody accountable.’ pic.twitter.com/3wTm4PGspG— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 27, 2018
CliffsNotes: Fizdale’s beating the fundamentals into the young Knicks and holding everyone accountable. A healthy schmear of shade towards Jeff Hornacek. Worth the read!
— Kristaps Porzingis loves looking pretty while driving. And also, apparently he loves INSTAGRAMMING WHILE DRIVING. PUT THE GODDAMN PHONE DOWN KRISTAPS. IT CAN WAIT.
Kristaps Porzingis is making progress with his rehab (and tying to look good while doing it) pic.twitter.com/4i7ReIdcyK— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) June 27, 2018
— Ray Allen thinks LeBron James should sign with the Knicks. Yawn.
— The Post’s Zach Brazillier reports that Joakim Noah has been working out with college teammate Corey Brewer and looks pretty good:
“I just worked out with Jo, actually a couple of days ago. Jo is doing great,” Corey Brewer, who won two national titles with Noah at the University of Florida, told Kevin Brockway of GatorSports.com at Brewer’s annual youth summer camp at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. “You know it was a tough situation for him in New York. I think he’s going to be better. He had a year just to prepare, get his mind right, get his body right. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people when he comes back this year. He’s going to be a lot better.”
— The Wall Street Journal reports that Madison Square Garden is considering spinning off the sports entities (the Knicks and the Rangers) from its TV division. What does this mean? I don’t know, probably means that Jim Dolan gets more money somehow.
— A few days old, but Newsday beat writer Al Iannazzone is moving on to the Jets beat:
Another NBA Draft in the books, and now it's on to a new chapter. I'll be moving over to cover the Jets for Newsday later this summer. I'll be with the Knicks a few more weeks, but I'm excited for the new opportunity and challenge. It was time.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) June 22, 2018
That’s all for today, guys! Let’s do this again soon.