Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

From Hater To Brother, Enes Kanter Recruiting LeBron James To Knicks

From Hater To Brother, Enes Kanter Recruiting LeBron James To Knicks

"Come and prove it", said Kanter. The Knicks did not disclose the terms of his deal, but reports last week said the two sides were working on a four-year contract. Kanter defended Ntilikina during and after that game, telling reporters, "I don't care who you are, what you call yourself, King, Queen, Princess, whatever you are". Yes, he could, provided the team made some moves to clear enough space for a max contract.

James is headed to the Eastern Conference Finals yet again and is not guaranteed to even consider leaving Cleveland this summer, but if he does, the Knicks could be a dark horse team to acquire the superstar. Those rumors sound more plausible than James teaming up with Kanter.

Kanter has indicated that he may do just that, eschewing a lucrative salary in 2018-19 for a contract with more years at a lower annual figure.

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The 35-year-old Frenchman had been linked with a move away from the German champions in the summer. "I had other ideas when I came here", James told Kicker .


"David is a dynamic coach who will thrive in NY", general manager Scott Perry said.

At the time, James suggested that the Knicks had made a mistake by drafting rookie Frank Ntilikina instead of the Mavericks' Dennis Smith Jr. These rumors fall squarely at the feet of Enes Kanter, who laid out a challenge to James on social media. "You know what, we gonna fight and nobody out there gonna punk us". Kanter asked in a video posted Twitter. He then posted a photo to Instagram that showed him on the Knicks' court at Madison Square Garden, with a caption, "You're welcome", accompanied by a symbol of a crown next to the phrase, "of NY".

Though the Knicks aren't included on the list of James' preferred destinations, the recent hiring of David Fizdale as their new head coach may give them the chance to at least have a meeting with the Cavaliers superstar in free agency, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. Last month, a billboard displayed near Madison Square Garden came up with the statement "King of NY?"

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