NBA free agency rumors: Knicks releasing center Enes Kanter

Now that the 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline has passed, the Knicks are parting ways with center Enes Kanter.

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Enes Kanter’s time with the Knicks has come to a close.

Now that the NBA’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline has passed, the Knicks will release the center, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.

The Knicks have been trying to move Kanter for a few weeks, but his contract made things difficult, according to the report. Kanter has an $18.6 million expiring deal.

Kanter recently said he was unhappy with his smaller role with the team and that he’s “very disappointed” with coach David Fitzdale’s decision to keep him out of the rotation.

Kanter has appeared in just three of the Knicks’ last 12 games. One of the main reasons is the Knicks are trying to develop their younger players while also utilizing DeAndre Jordan, who New York acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Mavericks that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas.

The Knicks abysmal record (10-43), along with the talks of releasing Kanter, have prompted fans at some home games to chant “We want Kanter!”

“I don’t know if the organization wants to hear that every game because it’s a little embarrassing,” Kanter said recently of the chants. “Because after all this [Porzingis] trade and everything that the fans still want me to go out there and play. I don’t know if they wanna hear that chant every game.”

Kanter is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes per game this season.