Enes Kanter signs with Portland Trail Blazers

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers gave their Western Conference playoff push a boost by signing veteran center Enes Kanter on Wednesday. "He's an impact player with Playoff experience that will be an excellent fit with our style of play".

The eighth-year center averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebound season with NY this season.

He will wear No. 00 for the Trail Blazers.

Blazers beat a crowded field for Kanter, including the Lakers, per sources.


The Oklahoma City Thunder matched the sheet, retaining Kanter before eventually trading him to the Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal in 2017.

Enes Kanter's tenure with the New York Knicks came to an end at the trade deadline last Thursday when the organization waived him, sending him into the free agent market. But after playing in 44 games - including 23 starts - Kanter fell out of favor when the team chose to shift its priorities toward developing their young big men. Kanter, still just 26, apparently did not qualify, as he will be a free agent after this season. Portland will host the Golden State Warriors tonight (10:30pm ET, airing on ESPN) before heading into the All Star break.

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.

The Blazers are 33-23, tied with the Houston Rockets for fourth in the Western Conference entering Wednesday's games.

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