Enes Kanter is considering not picking up his $18.6 million player option for the 18-19 season with the New York Knicks.
Kanter also switched to agent Mark Bartelstein. Kanter was previously represented by Max Ergul.
Kanter has missed the Knicks’ past two games with a sore lower back and right wrist injury suffered last week versus the 76ers.
“You’re always thinking the business part, but for me basketball comes first,” Kanter said. “We’ve got four games left and the Knicks are still paying me. The Knicks are paying for me to go out there and — if I’m healthy — to go out there to play. So if I feel really good, I’ll go out there and play.
“It’d be really selfish to think about opting in or opting out or thinking about my contract and not playing, giving up on my teammates and my team. It’d be really selfish. For me the Knicks are still paying me, I’m still part of this team. If I’m still healthy I’m just going to go out there and fight.”
Kanter has had a productive season for the Knicks following his trade from the Thunder.