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Report: Enes Kanter returning to Celtics on one-year deal

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Going into free agency, Norman Powell, Carmelo Anthony, Zach Collins, and Enes Kanter were the notable Blazers free agents.

And now after the Blazers locked up Norman Powell for five years and $90 million, the rest of Portland's key free agents are heading out of Rip City.

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Per The Athletic's Shams Charania, veteran big man Enes Kanter has agreed to a one-year contract with the Celtics. 

Both Melo and Kanter were important pieces to the Blazers bench as Portland could rely on Kanter’s double-doubles last season. The 11-year veteran big man averaged 11.2 points and 11.0 rebounds in 72 regular season games played with the Blazers last season.

The 29-year-old spent the 2019-20 season in Boston, averaging 8.1 points and 7.4 rebounds over 16.9 minutes per game as a serviceable backup big man.  For his career, Kanter holds averages of 11.5 points and 7.9 rebounds. Kanter has played for five different teams, including two stints with Portland and Boston. With Melo reportedly heading to the Lakers, and now Kanter back to the Celtics, Portland will look to its latest free agent signings Ben McLemore and Cody Zeller off the bench.

 

Wednesday morning, Kanter shared his excitement in heading back to Boston for the second time.