It’s safe to say that Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter aren’t the best of friends.
It all started with an Instagram post.
After a victory over the Knicks in November, James posted a photo of himself standing on the Knicks logo at midcourt of Madison Square Garden. In the caption, he labeled himself the king of New York.
When Kanter caught wind of James’ post, he didn’t react in a positive way. ”I don't care who you are. What do you call yourself, 'King,' 'Queen,' 'Princess,' whatever you are," Kanter said at the time. "We're going to fight. Nobody out there is going to punk us.”
To that, James clapped back with a bit of a mic drop moment. “I’m the king, my wife is the queen and my daughter is the princess so we got all three covered,” he said.
Although he hasn’t made it official yet, it certainly sounds like Kanter will opt into his player option worth just north of $18.6 million for next season. He's already making recruiting pitches. Look at what he had to say to LeBron on Monday:
"People keep debating about who is the king of New York. ... Hey LeBron, yes, you really want to be king of New York? Come and prove it. I'll see you July 1st, brother. Good luck," Kanter said in a Twitter video.
Ironically, in order for LeBron to sign in New York, the Knicks would need Kanter to opt out of the final year of his deal in order to clear enough cap space.
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. Billboards have recently gone up in the city urging him to come to the Big Apple and it’s possible that the huge market would be intriguing to him.
But, given the recent lack of success and the current state of the franchise and its current roster, that’d be a gigantic leap of faith for James at this point in his career. Fairly or unfairly, he will ultimately be judged by the number of rings that he’s able to accrue. If he falls short of Jordan’s six, he might lose out on the “greatest of all-time” argument.
Therefore, the Knicks might not be a logical choice, even though he’s made it clear that he loves playing in MSG.
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