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New York Knicks part ways with Enes Kanter in contract buyout

Enes Kanter and the New York Knicks parted ways Thursday.

According to ESPN, the Knicks released Kanter after failed attempts to find a trade partner in recent days.

Kanter had been frustrated by a dwindling role with the Knicks, but is averaging 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in 44 games.

Kanter's expiring contract at $18.6 million made trade options a difficult match for the Knicks.

With Kanter and Wesley Matthews gone via buyout, the Knicks held onto center DeAndre Jordan.

ESPN reported the Boston Celtics, who found Greg Monroe as a midseason pickup last year, could be a prime landing spot for Kanter given their depth issues at center caused by injuries.

Matthews, per multiple reports, was headed to the Indiana Pacers in a deal that could be done imminently.

The 26-year-old Kanter indicated after Tuesday's game that he played his final game with the Knicks.

"This place will always be special to me. It doesn't matter, if I stay, leave, whatever happens," he said.