Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Enes Kanter signs with Blazers

Enes Kanter signs with Blazers

Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks shoots a free throw against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 6, 2018 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

The 26-year-old Turkish big man became available after being waived by the New York Knicks at the National Basketball Association trading deadline last Thursday.

Kanter made the news official in a post on Twitter, saying he looks forward "to helping the Blazers achieve the ultimate goal of competing for a championship".

Blazers beat a crowded field for Kanter, including the Lakers, per sources. "Excited to meet my new teammates, coaches, staff and most importantly the fans. Let's go Rip City".

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The Blazers originally pursued Kanter in the summer of 2015, when he was a restricted free agent, signing him to a maximum four-year, $70 million offer sheet. 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.

Kanter began this season with the New York Knicks.

It has been an eventful season for the Turkish Kanter, who also has verbally jabbed with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey.

Kanter averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds in 44 games this season for the Knicks.

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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.

Enes Kanter is heading Northwest. This is a really solid addition for the Blazers, who now have Kanter, Jusuf Nurkić, Meyers Leonard and Jake Layman manning the front court.

The Blazers are now sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference with a record of 33-23. He'll fill the team's 15th and final roster spot.

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