The Boston Celtics weren't very active before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline, but the buyout market could be a different story.
One potential name to monitor on the buyout market is center Enes Kanter, who was released by the Knicks Thursday afternoon. ESPN's Ian Begley reported that people around the league have Boston as a potential destination for Kanter.
Opposing executives believe the Boston Celtics will be among the teams with interest in Enes Kanter if/when the Knicks big man parts ways with NYK.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 7, 2019
Kanter is in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. The 26-year-old center is one of the best rebounders in the league, and he's averaging 14 points and 10.5 rebounders per game this season.
The Knicks, who entered Thursday with the league's worst record, want the best chance possible to win the NBA Draft Lottery and get the No. 1 pick. Buying out Kanter, one of the Knicks' best players, weakens their roster and gives them a stronger chance of finishing with the worst record.
The Celtics would be wise to add another center/rebounding force for what they hope will be a deep playoff run, especially when you consider how much Aron Baynes has struggled to stay healthy this season. Kanter would be a better addition than Greg Monroe was last season.
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