Enes Kanter signs deal with Portland Trail Blazers

14 February, 2019, 08:53 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks shoots a free throw against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 6, 2018 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

The Knicks waived Kanter, 26, at the trade deadline last Thursday.

"I am pleased to announce that I have signed with the Portland Trail Blazers for the remainder of the season".

Blazers beat a crowded field for Kanter, including the Lakers, per sources. "Let's go Rip City". He appeared in 44 games. 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.


Kanter, who was born in Switzerland but is a Turkish citizen, has been openly critical of the Turkish government.

A gifted interior scorer and tenacious rebounder, Kanter gives the Blazers a reliable interior scoring threat off the bench they've lacked this season.

In eight seasons with Utah, Oklahoma City and New York, Kanter has averaged 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds. He also has postseason experience, playing on three playoff teams.

Kanter is the Blazers' third midseason addition, joining Rodney Hood and Skal Labissiere, who were acquired in trades with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings, respectively. Portland will host the Golden State Warriors tonight (10:30pm ET, airing on ESPN) before heading into the All Star break. He'll fill the team's 15th and final roster spot.

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