Enes Kanter has yet to decide whether he will pick up his $18.6 million player option with the New York Knicks.
Several agents believe Kanter would be wise to pick up his option and re-enter the market next offseason when teams have more cap space.
But this year Kanter hired power agent Mark Bartelstein, who didn't negotiate his current deal.
Approximately five teams have emerged with interest in Kanter if he becomes a free agent.
“With Coach (David) Fizdale, I want to stay more,’’ Kanter told The Post in a phone interview Monday night. “I know his mentality, I know how much freedom he gives to his players. It’s going to help my decision for sure. I think he’s going to change a lot of things. He seems like a relationship with him is like a friendship relationship. It’s not a player-coach relationship. I talked to him for two hours and it gives you so much confidence.’’
Kanter says he would like to remain with the Knicks.
“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.”