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The assumption by many has been Enes Kanter of the New York Knicks has already made up his mind in regards to the $18.66 million player option has has for next season.
However, the Turkish big man — who does not have an agent — says reports saying he’s already made a decision are inaccurate.
“Tell those people they’re wrong,” Kanter said, according to Newsday.
“I’m not saying I’m opting in or opting out,” he continued. “I’m going to focus on this season, finish this season. I don’t even have an agent yet. I’ll get an agent, first, and talk to him about [it].”
With star Kristaps Porzingis out for the season with a torn ACL, an injury that will force him to miss the first free months of the 2018-19 season, the Knicks are no longer in contention for a playoff spot.
Still, Kanter, 25, likes being a Knick.
“This is the place I want to be,” Kanter said. “I’ve said it from the beginning because I know the organization. I love the city, lot of Turkish people. With KP or without KP, I want to be here for sure.
“This is a rebuilding team and the guys around us are really amazing. From the top guy to the last guy everybody has just been awesome to me. Everybody opened their arms for me from day one. We’re just going to get better.”
New York’s current rough stretch that has seen it lose eight out of its last 10 games has dropped it 11th in the Eastern Conference standings at 24-36.
Still, the 6-foot-11, 245-pound center who is averaging 14.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 26.0 minutes per game this season while shooting 60.5 percent from the field and 85.8 percent from the free-throw line, says his mindset remains firmly established in the present.
“My thing right now, it would be selfish for me to just say, ‘I’ll do this, I’ll do that.’ I’m going to finish this season right, have fun with my teammates and start thinking about the contract stuff.”