Enes Kanter agrees to deal with Trail Blazers


Free agent center Enes Kanter is headed to Portland after being waived by the New York Knicks.

His agent tells ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the big man has agreed to a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. "He's an impact player with Playoff experience that will be an excellent fit with our style of play".

In 44 games this season, Enes Kanter is averaging 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest.

He will wear No. 00 for the Trail Blazers.

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

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Blazers beat a crowded field for Kanter, including the Lakers, per sources. 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 has appeared in 560 career games with the Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and Knicks. Hood and Kanter should be key bench contributors over the final two months of the season as the Blazers jostle for playoff positioning.

The Blazers are now sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference with a record of 33-23.

He heads to a Portland team placed fourth in the Western Conference with a 33-23 record and will spend the remainder of this season backing up Jusuf Nurkic, a role he found success with in OKC, finishing third in the voting for Sixth Man of the Year back in 2016. He'll fill the team's 15th and final roster spot.