We all know Kanter is not happy with his current role for the tanking New York Knicks, as he feels like he should have more playing time and isn’t comfortable with the team’s current direction for the future.
That being said, and considering he’s set to be a free agent and moving his deal isn’t going to be easy, he’s a prime buyout candidate. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 destinations for him.
5. Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets - or well, James Harden - have finally turned things around and are going through quite a hot streak following a slow start of the season, but they still need as much help as they can get if they want to make some noise in the playoffs.
Now that they’ve moved Michael Carter-Williams, there’s a roster spot wide open for Kanter to join them, as he’d be a major upgrade over a washed out Nene Hilario, and would be a perfect fit as a small-ball center when Capela’s sitting.
4. Philadephia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers lack a lot of depth at the frontcourt spots, especially considering Joel Embiid’s proneness to get hurt. Also, having Amir Johnson as Embiid’s lone backup is not going to get the job done in the playoffs.
Jonah Bolden has looked great in the defensive end for the Sixers, but they could still add more firepower by signing the hard-nosed Kanter to carry the load for the second unit, as they’re a couple of pieces away from being a legit threat in the East.
3. Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers are putting together a great regular season, but everybody knows they need to add more talent or they will face the same fate they always do come playoff time when defenders focus on Damian Lillard.
Jusuf Nurkic has been a beast for the Blazers but Zach Collins has kind of regressed and Meyers Leonard is a huge bust, so adding Kanter could really enhance their roster as they look to offset contending sides in the postseason.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
Since getting rid of Carmelo Anthony, the Oklahoma City Thunder has been on a roll. They’re a legit threat in the Western Conference this season and are just going to get better once Andre Roberson is ready to come back with his suffocating defense.
Kanter loved his time with the Thunder and God knows he misses his buddy Steven Adams. Also, with Nerlens Noel (injury prone) and Patrick Paterson (not so good) as their lone backups at the 4-5 spots, he’d really come handy for the Thunder.
1. Golden State Warriors
Huge no-brainer here. Who wouldn’t want to play for the Golden State Warriors? Especially now that they’re reportedly looking to add more depth at the big men spots with them not sold on their current roster?
Also, we all know Kanter hates LeBron James’ guts but that he’s never going to outplay him, so he might as well join his nemesis and beat him in the playoffs. Naturally, joining the Warriors would give him the biggest shot at a Championship.