Blazers Acquire Enes Kanter In Three-Way Deal With Celtics, Grizzlies

Paola Ditto
Ноября 21, 2020

The move will knock over $5 million off of Boston's payroll, additional financial flexibility that should come in handy in light of the revelation that Gordon Hayward will not exercise his 2020-21 player option with the team.

Blazers Twitter, not always the most cohesive bunch, seems firmly in the pro-Kanter camp.

The Grizzlies will acquire Mario Hezonjia and the 30th overall pick in this week's draft, which was Desmond Bane. He signed a two-year deal with the Celtics last offseason.

The long, dark winter hasn't even begun, but finally, Oregonians are seeing a glimmer of hope - the news broke Friday afternoon that Enes Kanter is rejoining the Portland Trail Blazers.

He will become an unrestricted free agent next season.

Kanter's departure opens more playing time for third-year big man Robert Williams, who was slowed by a hip injury for most of last season but showed promise during the NBA's restart in Orlando. In fact, many feel it was his insertion into Game 3 of the Raptors series that helped struggling Raptors shooters find new life.

Kanter returns to the Pacific Northwest, where he played some of his best basketball. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds per game, 2.8 of them on the offensive glass.

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