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July 17, 2019, 2:02 pmEnes KanterC, Boston Celtics
The Celtics have officially inked Enes Kanter to a contract.
Danny Ainge referred to Kanter as part of the team's Plan A this summer, and the Celtics picked him up on an affordable two-year deal worth $10 million. The second year is a player option so we should see a very motivated Kanter this season. He's going to start at center for the Celtics, and while his defensive deficiencies may limit his minutes, we're expecting 25 mpg or more. That's more than enough for the big man to deliver middle-round value.
Source: Boston Celtics
July 1, 2019, 2:20 pmEnes KanterC, Boston Celtics
Enes Kanter is finalizing a two-year, $10 million deal with the Celtics per Ian Begley of SNY.
Importantly, the second year is a player option, which puts Kanter in control of his future earnings. As it stands he's lined up for a big year in a Boston frontcourt that's fairly vacant. The Celtics won't be the same lethal defensive outfit that they have in the past, but Kanter is looking like an automatic double-double and a solid fantasy target.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 3:57 pmEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
C Enes Kanter is expected to have a phone call with the Blazers and Celtics when free agency begins at 6:00 p.m. EST on Sunday.
The big man’s fantasy value is all over the place right now as he has been linked to a host of different teams. If Kanter finds himself in the right situation, he can go back to being a quality double-double threat. The Blazers and Celtics are both good landing spots for Kanter from a fantasy perspective.
Source: Mac J. Spears on Twitter
June 29, 2019, 7:49 pmEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
According to Royce Young, Blazers big man Enes Kanter is receiving interest from the Lakers, Clippers and Kings.
The Blazers were able to use Kanter after Jusuf Nurkic went down for the season with his leg injury. Now that he's an unrestricted free agent, Kanter – a former steady double-double threat, should be able to bolster any team's frontcourt rotation with ease. A move to either LA team would be ideal for him as he'd have to share minutes with the Kings' developmental bigs in Sacramento.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
June 29, 2019, 1:16 pmEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
The Celtics will be targeting Enes Kanter and Kevon Looney with their $4.8 million room exception, per Shams Charania.
The Celtics have a pretty barren depth chart in the frontcourt at the moment, but both Kanter and Looney should be able to get more than that on the open market even given their deficiencies. Perhaps that price becomes more amenable if the Celtics land a big fish and look like potential contenders again. Kanter's also gotten interest from Portland, the Lakers and the Bulls, while re-signing Looney is said to be a priority for the Warriors.
Source: The Athletic
June 28, 2019, 10:45 pmEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
Ian Begley reported on Friday night that the Bulls are expected to be among the teams showing interest in center Enes Kanter.
This would be a confusing move for a team expected to try and develop their young core, but it is the Bulls after all. Kanter would find ample minutes and opportunities to accumulate stats on a talent-starved Bulls team.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 5:58 pmEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
The Blazers, Lakers and Celtics are among the teams that will be interested in free agent Enes Kanter, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Portland knows Kanter well and would surely like to have him back after his admirable work filling in for an injured Jusuf Nurkic, while playing through his own serious ailments, in the playoffs. The Celtics could use a ferocious rebounder to replace Aron Baynes and are barren at the center spot with Al Horford's departure, while the Lakers are lining up cost-effective depth with their roster almost completely empty. Kanter might not replicate his Knicks numbers, but he'll be a standard-league asset no matter where he lands.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 5:27 pmEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
Speaking about signing with the Blazers after being released from the Knicks, Enes Kanter said, "I've been in the league eight years. Signing here is probably the best thing that's ever happened in my career."
Kanter chose to sign with the Blazers over his former team, the Thunder, after being released from the Knicks in February. Kanter made a good call as he played an integral role in helping the Blazers advance to the Western Conference Finals after the unfortunate injury to Jusuf Nurkic.
Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter
May 16, 2019, 11:42 pmEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter logged only 19 minutes in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors, posting four points, five rebounds, a steal and a block.
Kanter did do a better job of defending pick-and-rolls around the arc tonight, but even if he gets way out to deter shooters he still lacks the speed to provide truly effective defense. That was reflected in his playing time tonight, and despite his heroics in earlier rounds the matchup may relegate Kanter to a bit part in this series. Zach Collins figured to be the next man up but picked up five fouls in eight minutes, and Meyers Leonard was forced into 17 minutes as a result. Though he responded with seven points, six rebounds and a 3-pointer, the Blazers may consider rolling with more small-ball lineups going forward, even though those groups allowed the Warriors to rack up plenty of second-chance points tonight.
May 14, 2019, 11:40 pmEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter was able to post 10 points and 16 rebounds on Tuesday night but was victimized defensively as the Warriors dropped in 17 3-pointers.
Some of it's on Kanter and some of it's on the coaching staff, but Golden State was able to pick apart the Blazers defense without much trouble. They insisted on using drop-back coverage in the pick-and-roll game, allowing Steph Curry to walk right into open threes without breaking a sweat. There's a major adjustment to be made before Thursda's Game 2. Zach Collins had eight points and a block in 18 minutes off the bench, but he wouldn't fare that much better than Kanter unless to coverage changes.
May 12, 2019, 6:42 pmEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter posted a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double with one assist on 6-of-13 shooting in Sunday's 100-96 Game 7 win over the Nuggets.
His lack of defensive stats are a bit disappointing but Kanter has been a more than serviceable "warm body in the paint" in the absence of Jusuf Nurkic, who is out for the season with a fractured leg. Kanter's impact does not always pop on the box score but the importance of his presence in the post cannot be overstated. His role might be a bit more diminished against a small-ball oriented Warriors club in the West Finals.
May 10, 2019, 1:18 amEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter shot 2-for-9 from the field for six points with 14 boards and one assist in 29 minutes against the Nuggets in Game 6 on Thursday.
Kanter replicated his Game 5 stats, where he also shot 2-for-9. However, the 14 boards more than made up for it, as he dominated the glass with so much energy despite the fact that he is observing Ramadan and fasting each day. The Blazers travel to Denver to play the Nuggets in a decisive Game 7 on Sunday.
May 8, 2019, 7:40 amEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter said that he texted NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon asking for some tips on how to maintain a high level of play in the playoffs while observing Ramadan.
Fasting for Ramadan means no food, no water and most importantly for Kanter who is nursing an injured left shoulder, no medication throughout the day. The Turkish big said that Hakeem gave him some tips and he then took his medication at 4 in the morning and right before the game. The Blazers struggled as a whole last night and Kanter was inefficient scoring seven points on just 2-of-9 from the field so we’ll see if he’s able to bounce back in Game 6.
May 8, 2019, 1:04 amEnes KanterC, Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter made just 2-of-9 field goals and 3-of-6 free throws on his way to seven points, eight rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Nuggets.
Kanter had his moments in this one, but he couldn’t get much to fall. Considering what he’s been playing through, Kanter has been mostly impressive in this series. The Blazers might need everything he’s got left to stave off elimination in Game 6 on Thursday. Fellow frontcourt-mate Al-Farouq Aminu also had a terrible shooting night, going 1-for-8 from the field for three points but also contributing a typical two steals, two blocks and a three.