New York Knicks Most Valuable NBA Franchise at $4B

Rex Christensen
February 9, 2019

The NBA buyout market should kick into gear after Thursday's trade deadline, and reported player of interest for the Celtics is Knicks big man Enes Kanter.

The New York Knicks have waived Enes Kanter and Wesley Matthews, allowing them to sign with other teams for a playoff run. He turns 27 in May.

Kanter had been frustrated by a dwindling role with the Knicks, but is averaging 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in 44 games.

The Knicks acquired Kanter in September of 2017 as part of the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kanter, a vocal critic of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government, skipped the Knicks' game in London last month over fears for his safety.

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Kanter has been out of the Knicks' rotation for a few weeks and has actively become a nuisance for the franchise.

The New York Knicks are worth $4 billion, making them the most valuable National Basketball Association team for the fourth straight year, according to Forbes.

Now, reports are claiming that the Boston Celtics will one of the teams that will pursue Kanter if a potential buyout is reached.

The Knicks made headlines last week when they traded star Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks along with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee. The Orlando Magic expressed interest in Frank Ntilikina but were told that NY was not trading the second-year guard, sources told ESPN.

The Knicks could have also had a change of heart, knowing how hard it is to have a reliable and tested big man. Jordan could be one of the new foundations for NY - assuming they are able to offer him a hard-to-resist contract in the summer.

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