Enes Kanter agrees to join Trail Blazers

Enes Kanter agrees to join Trail Blazers

Free agent big man Enes Kanter is signing with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. "Let's go Rip City".

The Blazers signed Kanter as a restricted free agent to a four-year, $70 million offer sheet in 2015. He did not travel with the New York Knicks to London for a game in January because he said he feared for his safety. He appeared in 44 games. He played in just three of 12 games before the National Basketball Association trade deadline as the Knicks were actively shopping him.

The Knicks tried to find a trade partner for Kanter by the February 7 deadline, but no luck.

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Kanter, who was born in Switzerland but is a Turkish citizen, has been openly critical of the Turkish government.

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. This is a really solid addition for the Blazers, who now have Kanter, Jusuf Nurkić, Meyers Leonard and Jake Layman manning the front court. Hood and Kanter should be key bench contributors over the final two months of the season as the Blazers jostle for playoff positioning.

Kanter chose Portland over the Los Angeles Lakers and several other teams. He'll fill the team's 15th and final roster spot.

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