Kanter 'leaning heavily' toward opting in with Knicks

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It appears Enes Kanter will be a New York Knick for at least one more season.

Ian Begley of ESPN reports Kanter is "leaning heavily" toward exercising his $18.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season.

The report says Kanter will continue to gauge the market right up until the deadline Friday when he must make a decision, but is expected to opt in with the Knicks.

Kanter, acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder last September in the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to OKC, averaged 14 points and 11 boards in 71 games last season for the Knicks.

If he opts in with New York, the team will have limited money to pursue other players this summer. The Knicks are projected to have an $8.6 million non-tax mid-level exception and a $3.4 biannual exception available this summer.