After spending much of the offseason deliberating over his future, Enes Kanter has finally made a decision.
The center has chosen to exercise his player option with the New York Knicks and opt into his $18.6 million deal for next season, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.
Kanter had an opportunity to become a free agent and test the open market but the chances of a team offering him a similar deal was unlikely with a shortage of cap space around the league.
The news was initially broken by Yahoo's Shams Charania early on Friday morning but the big man denied the news and indicated that he hadn't made a decision yet.
But it seems that the Turk was looking to make the announcement to Knicks fans in his own special way.
He took to Twitter later in the day and posted a hilarious picture with the hashtag #MakeKnicksGreatAgain.
The news came as no surprise as Begley reported earlier in the week that Kanter was "leaning heavily" towards opting in with New York as a long-term deal with a similar salary elsewhere probably wasn't forthcoming.
He told the New York Post that he wanted to return because of the hiring of David Fizdale as their new head coach.
“With Coach Fizdale, I want to stay more,’’ Kanter said this week. “I know his mentality, I know how much freedom he gives to his players.
"It’s going to help my decision for sure. I think he’s going to change a lot of things. He seems like a relationship with him is like a friendship relationship.
"It’s not a player-coach relationship. I talked to him two hours and it gives you so much confidence.”
Kanter had a productive campaign in the Big Apple as he averaged a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds in 71 starts for the 23-59 Knicks.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, he's the first player on the team to post a double-double for a season since Tyson Chandler did it in 2012-13.
The Knicks acquired him last summer in the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With Kanter opting in, that now leaves the franchise with little money available to spend on free agents.
That means we'll see little activity by the organisation unless they pull off some trades.
But with their starting center finally deciding his future, they can press ahead with plans for next year as they know exactly how much money they have to work with.
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