Fizdale is not handing out starter spots: “You keep what you kill”

David Fizdale said he’s not penciling in anyone as starters yet, not even Tim Hardaway Jr. and Enes Kanter, even though it’s a safe bet they will start. Kristaps Porzingis would start if he weren’t sidelined indefinitely after tearing his ACL. But Fizdale, entering his first season as Knicks coach, wants each player to show him something and earn his job.

“I’m not even going to touch it yet,” Fizdale said after summer league practice Wednesday. “I’m going to let them clash over it. I don’t know what’s going to be best for this group right now. I don’t want to guarantee anybody anything because it totally contradicts the culture. Everything is about you keep what you kill. I want them to go out with a killer attitude and go into training camp trying to earn anything.”

via Al Iannazzone, Newsday

Kanter takes out $20 million insurance policy … 4-5 teams showed interest before he opted-in with Knicks

Enes Kanter had hoped to sign a long-term deal but said if any talks were had they would have been between Bartelstein and the Knicks front office, not him. To mitigate the risk of playing a year without any certainty going forward, Kanter told The Athletic that he took out an insurance policy that would pay him $20 million in case he suffered a career-ending injury.

He said that 4-5 teams had shown interest in him but it was not enough to forego guaranteed money. They were waiting on other players to opt in or out and then make their own decisions.

“I think it was a big risk to opt out and wait for them,” he said. “It was a big risk.”

via Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic

The latest on Enes Kanter’s player option decision

Kanter likes Mitchell Robinson’s game, will announce player option decision via social media

Enes Kanter said he wouldn’t mind being a mentor to new Knicks rookie center Mitchell Robinson, who was drafted Thursday in the second round with the 36th pick […]

“I watched videos [of Robinson],” Kanter told The Post of the 7-foot project. “He’s athletic. He’s going to be really good for us. He can bring a lot of energy and have an effect on the defensive end and he’s just going to get better on offense.”

Kanter, according to a source, is expected to announce his decision Friday on social media, where he is extremely active.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Fizdales told Kanter he wants him to stretch the floor next year, shoot 3’s

If Enes Kanter opts-in, he will try to evolve his perimeter game like Marc Gasol did under Fizdale.

Enes Kanter: “[Fizdale] told me he wants me to stretch the floor next year by making 3’s and I’m working on it,’’ he said. “I feel more comfortable taking them and more confident. Coach Fiz wants me to start taking them. If my coach says take them, I’m not going to say no. I’ll start shooting them in practice and then in the game.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Enes Kanter says addition of Fizdale makes desire to stay in NY stronger

Knicks center Enes Kanter swears he has not made a final decision on whether to opt out of his contract by Friday’s deadline, but said the addition of coach David Fizdale has made his desire to stay in New York even stronger […]

As much as Kanter said he wants to remain a Knick, he revealed his new power agent, Mark Bartelstein, has done his due diligence, and about five teams have emerged with interest in Kanter if he becomes a free agent beginning Sunday […]

“I want to be with the Knicks, but I don’t know what’s going to happen on the last day,’’ Kanter said. “Teams are calling. I want to hear what the Knicks want to do first. If they say you’re free to walk away I may just talk to other teams. But it’s Knicks first.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Milwaukee potentially interested in Kanter if he opts-out

Enes Kanter hasn’t yet made a decision on his $18.6 million player option. Opposing teams expect him to opt in. But if Kanter opts out, multiple teams – including Milwaukee – have expressed interest internally in discussing a potential contract with the 26-year-old center.

via Ian Begley, ESPN


Milwaukee has a big decision to make with Jabari Parker, but either way, they likely won’t have more than the mid-level exception of about $8.6MM to offer Kanter. Of course, if he can get a long-term deal, he might be willing to do that to make up for the $18.6MM “lost” next season if he opts-out.

Enes Kanter expected to opt-out?

Mitchell Robinson, 20, might have found a perfect spot with the Knicks, who are committed to building a team with young, athletic players. Knicks backup center Kyle O’Quinn opted out of his contract. Starting center Enes Kanter is expected to opt out as well, although Kanter has expressed a strong desire to remain in New York.

via Lenn Robbins, MSG Networks

Fizdale’s meeting with Kanter

Asked what he got out of the Kanter pow-wow, Fizdale said, “That he’s awesome. He’s a great guy. He’s a family guy. He really cares about his family. He’s a man of character, he stands for things. He loves to play. He loves to work out. He could have been fooling me, but he seemed excited and like he’s really looking forward to this fresh start. The guy’s a heck of a player, and he fits the toughness part of what we’re talking about.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Kyle O’Quinn signed with same agent as Enes Kanter

The Post has learned O’Quinn has left the ASM Sports agency to hook up with respected agent, Mark Bartelstein, who also recently signed Enes Kanter. O’Quinn had been with Andy Miller, whose accreditation was reportedly stripped after allegedly being linked to an NCAA probe regarding improper payments to players.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Did Enes Kanter basically say he’s opting out?

Enes Kanter attended the Thunder playoff game last night, and when he was informed that they couldn’t show him on the big board because of tampering, he gave an interesting response: