Enes Kanter signs with Blazers

Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter

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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.

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". Excited to meet me new teammates, coaches, staff and most importantly the fans. He averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game with the New York Knicks this season.

The Knicks acquired Kanter in September of 2017 as part of the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Blazers are 33-23 on the season and tied with the Houston Rockets for fourth spot in the Western Conference standings and Kanter is expected to bring much needed rebounding and playoff experience to the roster. He was being pursued by a bevy of teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers. In an effort to experiment with his young core, coach David Fizdale would play him in just three games over a 12-game span, prompting Kanter to publicly voice his frustrations to the NY media over a lack of playing time and those receiving court time ahead of him, namely recent acquisition DeAndre Jordan.