NYK, Kings talk Kanter-Randolph swap

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA Insider for ESPN, the Sacramento Kings are in talks with the New York Knicks about a potential deal that would involve Enes Kanter and Zach Randolph.

Because the Knicks have 15 players on their roster, it means they could not take on another of Sacramento's expiring contracts unless they waive someone.

Randolph, 37, has not played in a game this season following Dave Joerger stating ahead of the season that his minutes would be cut down in favour of younger players.

Enes Kanter and the New York Knicks are not on the same page.

"The Kings also have veterans like Kosta Koufos ($8.7MM) and Ben McLemore ($5.5MM) on expiring contracts and could look to make the most of those deals in trades in the coming weeks", Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors wrote.

Kanter is due to make $18.6 million this season, while Randolph will be getting $11.6 million.

As Wojnarowski reports, the Kings are hoping to send out more expirings in the swap. A third team could be helpful.

The Kings now are 10th in the Western Conference standings, and adding Kanter might bolster their prospects of qualifying for the playoffs. Once his contract expires at the end of the season, he is likely to get short-term deals at best.

During that span, the 26-year old is averaging around 12 points, eight rebounds, and one assist per contest while making around 54% of his shots from the floor and 78% of his shots from the free-throw line.

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