Enes Kanter may be frustrated with his current role on the team, but he is willing to stick it out.
The frustrated Knicks center said after Tuesday’s 115-108 loss to the Nuggets that he recently had a conversation with GM Scott Perry over his status with the team, but he did not ask for a trade at any point.
“I did not say that. I like it here a lot,” Kanter, a free agent at the end of the season, told reporters. “I probably wouldn’t say it to Scott’s face, ‘I want to be traded.’ No. Because I like it here a lot. In the end, we’re all competitors, basketball players and I like it here so much, but again, I want to win and I want to get in the playoffs one day. So this is my blood, man, I’m sorry. If anyone asks anything else I’m not going to do it. I’m trying to get a win every time.”
The Knicks’ loss on Tuesday marked their eighth straight and dropped them to 9-29 on the season. Kanter scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench following an 0-for-6 shooting night in Saturday’s blowout loss to the Jazz.
Kanter said after that game that the loss was “embarrassing” and that he did not understand why he was being “shut down” so early.
While speaking with Perry, the 26-year-old veteran asked the GM what he would do in his situation?
“He said … right now, I know you are a very good basketball player,” Kanter said. “I want you to go out there and try to have good character, try to be a good teammmate, try to help all the people. I understand we’re not winning a lot right now but I guess it’s all for young guys.”