Kanter signs with Trail Blazers

Tanya Simon
February 14, 2019

The signing was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who noted that Kanter chose the Blazers over the Los Angeles Lakers and other interested teams.

The Portland Trail Blazers gave their Western Conference playoff push a boost by signing veteran center Enes Kanter on Wednesday. "Let's go Rip City".

Selected out of Kentucky with the third overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, Kanter (6-11, 250) holds career averages of 11.9 points (53.9% FG, 29.8% 3-PT, 78.2% FT), 7.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 22.2 minutes in 560 games (208 starts) over eight seasons with Utah, Oklahoma City and NY.

Kanter, 26, publicly expressed his frustrations with his lack of playing time in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, but the Knicks were unable to find a trade partner due to his $18.6 million contract.

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The Knicks acquired Kanter in September of 2017 as part of the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. 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.

"I look forward to helping the Blazers achieve the ultimate goal of competing for a championship", Kanter said in a statement, as he joins a team that is 33-23 and tied for fourth in the West.

Kanter will play significant minutes at center behind Jusuf Nurkic as Portland builds its roster for the postseason.

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