Enes Kanter agrees to join Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers Sign Center Enes Kanter

Trail Blazers Sign Center Enes Kanter

The Portland Trail Blazers gave their Western Conference playoff push a boost by signing veteran center Enes Kanter on Wednesday.

Kanter, 26, publicly expressed his frustrations with his lack of playing time in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, but the Knicks were unable to find a trade partner due to his $18.6 million contract.

His agent tells ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the big man has agreed to a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. It is a blessing to continue to compete at the highest level!

In eight seasons with Utah, Oklahoma City and New York, Kanter has averaged 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds. He appeared in 44 games.

It has been an eventful season for the Turkish Kanter, who also has verbally jabbed with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey. And even though he's a liability on defense, he figures to immediately step into a rotation spot at backup center behind Jusuf Nurkic.

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The eighth-year center averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebound season with NY this season.

The Blazers are 33-23 on the season, good for fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

After 1.5 seasons with the Knicks, Kanter only played in three of the team's last 12 games for head coach David Fizdale and voiced his displeasure with his role.

Kanter is the Blazers' third midseason addition, joining Rodney Hood and Skal Labissiere, who were acquired in trades with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings, respectively.

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