Thunder’s Kanter expected to pick up option

Enes Kanter of the Knicks had some fun when asked if he was to be chosen as Kevin Love's replacement on Team LeBron for the All-Star Game.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter signed a four-year, $70 million max deal in 2015, a deal that includes a player option for the 2018-19 season.

According to Thunder reporter Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript, it would be a shock to many in OKC if Kanter doesn’t pick up his $18.6 million player option.

In 72 games last year with the Thunder, Kanter was a solid contributor off the bench, posting averages of 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds on 54.5 percent shooting from the field while registering 18 double-doubles.

The low point for Kanter in 2017 was when he fractured his arm after punching a chair. He missed 10 games as a result.

Big things are expected from the Thunder this upcoming season, as the club acquired star forward Paul George from the Indiana Pacers.

George and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook will look to vault the Thunder into the top four in the rugged Western Conference.