Celtics trade Enes Kanter to Trail Blazers in three-team deal

Ruben Hill
November 21, 2020

The Portland Trail Blazers will reunite with Enes Kanter after a three-team trade involving the Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

The Celtics will reportedly receive a future draft pick from the Grizzlies, while Memphis gets Mario Hezonja and the draft rights to Desmond Bane - the No. 30 pick in Wednesday's draft.

As a result of the trade, the Celtics will create a $4.767 million trade exception. A 6-foot-8 forward, the Croatian national put up 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.4 minutes of action in Portland previous year.

Kanter picked up his $5 million option for the upcoming season on Thursday.

Kanter proved to be a key part of the Blazers' run to the Western Conference Finals in 2019.

Kanter appeared to confirm the news via Twitter. Now Kanter will backup Jusuf Nurkic on the Trail Blazers. However, when forced to play against younger, more athletics teams, he was often targeted and his limited lateral mobility exploited. In fact, many feel it was his insertion into Game 3 of the Raptors series that helped struggling Raptors shooters find new life. In his lone season in Boston, Kanter mostly came off the bench, averaging 8.1 points and 7.1 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game. In five games in April of that season, he averaged 19.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game while shooting 61.8 percent from the field.

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