In his 25.6 minutes per game with NY this season he is averaging 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.
The Knicks were unable to find a trade before Thursday's deadline for Kanter, their former starting center who had fallen out of the rotation altogether with NY having the worst record in the league and focusing on its younger players. "Because after all this [Porzingis] trade and everything that the fans still want me to go out there and play".
The team issued a waiver for Kanter, and one of his representatives told The New York Post they were working on a "separation" deal in which the team would work on a buyout with the player.
Kanter, 26, had appeared in just three of the Knicks' past 12 games and had been vocal about his displeasure over his reduced role.
Kanter has no future with the Knicks and is eager to move on.
The Knicks (10-43) acquired Kanter in a 2017 trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. NY received second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews in the deal, as well as two future first-round draft picks. Vonleh, a free agent this summer, is having a strong season (8.6 points, 8.5 rebounds per game) in NY.
The Knicks could have also had a change of heart, knowing how hard it is to have a reliable and tested big man. Jordan could be one of the new foundations for NY - assuming they are able to offer him a hard-to-resist contract in the summer.