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As reported on Wednesday, the Portland Trail Blazers and Enes Kanter have agreed to a deal that is valid through the end of the season. This comes after Kanter was waived by the New York Knicks following the NBA Trade Deadline.
Prior to the deadline, the New York Knicks were unable to find a trade suitor for Kanter’s services. Kanter stated the following after being waived from the Knicks:
“Playing in the MSG in front of the Knicks fans is something that I will always remember. Each day I spend in the NBA is a blessing and I look forward to my next adventure,” Kanter said. “I wish nothing but success to the franchise and the fans as they take the next step in their own journey.”
According to additional reports, there were multiple offers to Enes Kanter after he was waived. In the mix were the Los Angeles Lakers, who were in need of assistance in the frontcourt.
This season, Kanter has averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds in 26 minutes per game. Under the Trail Blazers, his playing time may face conflict. Current Portland center Jusef Nurkic is averaging 15.1 points and 10.2 rebounds in 27 minutes per game.
Regardless, Kanter enters a franchise that will likely face the postseason, as the Trail Blazers sit in 4th in the Western Conference.
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