Enes Kanter finds new home with Trail Blazers

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 14, 2019

Free agent center Enes Kanter is headed to Portland after being waived by the New York Knicks.

The Knicks tried to find a trade partner for Kanter by the February 7 deadline, but no luck.

Kanter, 26, joins the Trail Blazers from the New York Knicks, where he has averaged 14.0 points (53.6% FG, 31.8% 3-PT, 81.4% FT), 10.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 25.6 minutes in 44 games (23 starts) during the 2018-19 season. It is a blessing to continue to compete at the highest level!

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The Blazers originally pursued Kanter in the summer of 2015, when he was a restricted free agent, signing him to a maximum four-year, $70 million offer sheet.

It has been an eventful season for the Turkish Kanter, who also has verbally jabbed with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey. In an effort to experiment with his young core, coach David Fizdale would play him in just three games over a 12-game span, prompting Kanter to publicly voice his frustrations to the NY media over a lack of playing time and those receiving court time ahead of him, namely recent acquisition DeAndre Jordan.

The Oklahoma City Thunder matched the sheet, retaining Kanter before eventually trading him to the Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal in 2017. Hood and Kanter should be key bench contributors over the final two months of the season as the Blazers jostle for playoff positioning. He'll fill the team's 15th and final roster spot.

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