Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, unrestricted free agent center Enes Kanter is signing a two-year, $10 million deal with the Boston Celtics.

According to the report, Kanter will also have a player option in the second year of the deal.

Before free agency tipped off on Sunday, the Blazers and Celtics were the two teams reported to be interested in the 27-year-old’s services.

Kanter has confirmed the deal by giving a big shout-out to his agent Hank Fetic on twitter.

Kanter became a reliable starting center for the Trail Blazers this past season after Jusuf Nurkic’s season-ending leg injury.

 

Portland went 18-5 in the 23 regular-season games that Kanter was on the floor. He averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds a night for the Blazers while shooting 57.7 percent from the field.

Kanter quickly became a fan favorite in Portland, but with the trade for Hassan Whiteside, it was clear the Blazers were not going in a different direction.

According to ESPN’s Marc Spears, Kanter felt pressure to make a decision quickly with the Blazers.

Kanter signed with the Blazers in February after reaching a buyout with the Knicks.

He will now join the fifth team of his career. He was selected as the No. 3 overall pick by the Utah Jazz in 2011.