Enes Kanter agrees to join Trail Blazers

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Former New York Knicks center Enes Kanter has agreed to a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, less than a week after being released by the Knicks shortly after the NBA's trade deadline.

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.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first with the news. He's averaging 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game and has recorded 25 double-doubles this season. They were now able to come out on top of the sweepstakes after several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, showed interest. Portland signed Kanter to a $70M offer sheet in 2015, which OKC matched.

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An eight-year veteran, Kanter has played in 560 career games, including 208 starts, with the Utah Jazz, Thunder and Knicks.

In the tweet that announced he was heading to Portland, Kanter wore a No. 00 black Blazers jersey. He did not travel with the New York Knicks to London for a game in January because he said he feared for his safety. This is a really solid addition for the Blazers, who now have Kanter, Jusuf Nurkić, Meyers Leonard and Jake Layman manning the front court.

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.

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