New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls Discuss Jabari Parker for Enes Kanter Swap

It is no secret that the New York Knicks want to get out from under Enes Kanter. They have been exploring multiple trade options for the young center. One such rumor has the Knicks shipping him to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for forward, Jabari Parker. Is this a wise move?

The Utah Jazz, in the 2011 NBA Draft, originally selected Enes Kanter. He was the third pick overall. Since then Kanter has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the now the New York Knicks. He arrived in New York as part of the Carmello Anthony trade that sent Anthony to OKC.

Kanter started the 2018 season on a hot note. He posted 29 points in early October in a two-point loss to the New Jersey Nets. In fact, he started the season with five straight double-doubles. Kanter became the first New York Knicks center to post at least three consecutive double-doubles to start the season since Zach Randolph in 2007. Since that hot start, Kanter has cooled off and now comes off the bench.

The Milwaukee Bucks, with the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, selected Jabari Parker. During his 4 seasons with the Bucks, the young forward averaged 15 PPG. His contract expired at the end of the 2017 season. The Bucks would make Parker a qualifying offer. This meant that they would have 48 hours to match any offer sheet that Parker would receiver. However, they would retract that offer allowing Parker to become a free agent. Parker would agree to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bills for $40 million.

Now, these two are the centerpieces for a trade. Both are on expiring contracts. Kanter is in the final year of a four-year $70 million deal with the Knicks ($18.6 million). Parker is the final year of his two-year deal with the Bulls ($20 million). Swapping contracts would not hurt either franchise, as it is basically an even deal.

The kicker is that the Chicago Bulls may not want to bring over Kanter’s contract because they want to go young. They will more than likely be a lottery team after this season and they have some youngster up front in Wendell Carter, Lauri Markkanen, and Bobby Portis. Therefore, this deal may be dead before it even gets started.

The New York Knicks will continue to shop Enes Kanter. Hopefully, they will be able to find a suitable partner before the trade deadline.

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