Trail Blazers sign Enes Kanter

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent center Enes Kanter on Wednesday. He will receive a one-year deal worth $653,000 for the remainder of the season. 

Kanter became available after receiving a buyout from the New York Knicks. After not finding a taker for the Turkish native, the Knicks just decided to buy out his contract. 

Former New York Knicks center Enes Kanter dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers defender
Enes Kanter dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers defender (Getty Images)

With the addition of Kanter, the Trail Blazers add depth to their second unit. He will join newly acquired Rodney Hood, Evan Turner, Jake Layman, and Seth Curry in that unit. 

Kanter will backup Jusuf Nurkić. In January, the Trail Blazers starting center is averaging 28.9 minutes per game. 

The 26-year-old Zurich, Switzerland native is joining his fourth NBA team with this move. He made 44 appearances, including 23 starts with the Knicks this season. 

He averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game. As a member of the Knicks, he averaged 25.6 minutes per game.

He will make his debut with the team after the All-Star break. The Trail Blazers return from the break with a seven-game road trip, beginning Thursday, Feb. 21st against the Brooklyn Nets. 

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