Enes Kanter ($18.6 million)
Enes Kanter rounds out the list of expiring contracts, as he will make $18.6 million in the final season of a deal the Oklahoma City Thunder provided. The New York Knicks acquired him in the Carmelo Anthony trade of 2017.
Kanter had a player option for 2017-18, but chose to exercise it and spend one more season in the Big Apple, after 14.1 points and 11 rebounds in 71 starts.
The Knicks future might not include Kanter, unless they hand out a multi-year contract in 2019, when an abundance of cap space will arrive, especially if Joakim Noah accepts a buyout and waive-and-stretch. Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving are among the players set to reach free agency.
So, consider this Kanter’s walk year, if the Knicks want to do an all-out pursuit in free agency for superstars. Does that mean a career season is in store? Can he exceed 30 minutes per game for the first time since entering the NBA?
If so, Kanter could a top story for the Knicks, when they need a veteran to lead the way for younger talents. This also bridges the gap towards Kristaps Porzingis’ return and provides the fans something to cheer for.
A chunk of the Knicks roster will play on an expiring deal in 2018-19. Who has the most to prove before free agency?