Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Trail Blazers Sign Center Enes Kanter

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Kristopher Love | 14 February, 2019, 08:53

Enes Kanter will be a Trail Blazer as the former Knicks center will get a chance to play with a contender. "He's an impact player with Playoff experience that will be an excellent fit with our style of play". In 44 games this season he is averaging 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, but he fell out of the rotation as Knicks head coach David Fizdale shifted his focus to younger bigs like Luke Kornet and Mitchell Robinson.

The Knicks officially waived Kanter on Thursday's trade deadline and ate the remainder of his $18.6 million contract for this season - the reason they couldn't trade him.

Blazers beat a crowded field for Kanter, including the Lakers, per sources. Portland signed Kanter to a $70M offer sheet in 2015, which OKC matched. He did not travel with the New York Knicks to London for a game in January because he said he feared for his safety. But after playing in 44 games - including 23 starts - Kanter fell out of favor when the team made a decision to shift its priorities toward developing their young big men.

The Blazers, who host the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night in their final game before the All-Star break, are in fourth place in the West, tied with the Houston Rockets (33-23). This is a really solid addition for the Blazers, who now have Kanter, Jusuf Nurkić, Meyers Leonard and Jake Layman manning the front court.

In the tweet that announced he was heading to Portland, Kanter wore a No. 00 black Blazers jersey.