Per ESPN, Enes Kanter, Kyle O’Quinn, and Willy Hernangomez appear to be drawing trade interest from teams around the league. The New York Knicks currently have four centers on their roster, when you throw Joakim Noah into the mix. They should be looking to get rid of one or two of these guys in order to eliminate some unneeded centers and use them to acquire additional talent in other fields of the game.
There are a lot of teams that require the services of Kanter, Hernangomez, and O’Quinn. Here is the most ideal fit for each player.
- Willy Hernangomez – The New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans, the team responsible for having the best front court in the NBA, can use a back up center to give Davis and Cousins some help rebounding the ball when the two are on the bench. Hernangomez averaged 8.2 points to go a long with 7 boards in only 18.4 minutes his rookie campaign, which landed him All-Rookie first team honors in the 2016-2017 season. Although his production has been lackluster due to a decrease in minutes in the overcrowded Knicks front court, he has still shown flashes of being a reliable rebounder that can score in the post.
2. Kyle O’Quinn – The Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder’s bench is ranked in the bottom five in scoring, something that will really drag them down during the Playoffs. On top of this, they don’t necessarily have a reliable back up to Steven Adams. Although Patrick Patterson sees time at the center position, he is a natural power forward and is more productive at that position. O’Quinn has proven to be a tremendous rim protector who can rebound and hit the midrange jumper. He would provide OKC’s second unit with a much needed boost on both ends of the floor.
3. Enes Kanter – Golden State Warriors
Enes Kanter is having a career year with The New York Knicks, averaging a double double with 13.5 points and 10 rebounds a game. Although he seems to be in an ideal situation playing next to first time All-Star Kristaps Porzingis, The Golden State Warriors appear to be a team that can basically make them a lock to win it all, if they aren’t already. The Warriors have typically had defensive-minded centers in Zaza Pachulia, Javale McGee, and in the past Andrew Bogut, but due to the emergence of Kevin Durant’s defense to go along with the Defensive Player of the Year in Draymond Green, they can use a guy like Kanter. He can prove to give a huge rebounding lift, taking pressure off Durant and Green, and if you take that with his offensive ability in the low post, you are giving yourself a very versatile player to your extremely versatile team.
It is pretty obvious The Knicks have to move one of them, so we should all expect to see a lot of trade rumors for these three guys within the coming weeks.