The Trail Blazers offseason moves continue and a familiar face is coming back to Portland.
While discussions about former Blazer Robin Lopez were heating up over the past few days, it turns out another former big to play in Rip City, Enes Kanter, will make his return.
The Trail Blazers, the Celtics and Grizzlies are involved in a three-team deal.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Blazers are acquiring the Celtics center in a three-way deal. Memphis will get Mario Hezonjia from Portland and the Celtics’ 30th pick of Desmond Bane, while Boston will also get a future Memphis draft consideration.
Hezonja had recently exercised his player option worth $1.9M.
Per the report, Portland will be using its $7 million trade exception, as Kanter will now resume the Blazers backup center role.
Kanter, who was waived by the New York Knicks last spring following the NBA Trade Deadline, signed a deal to join the Blazers for the rest of the season in 2019.
During his 23-game stint in Portland, he averaged 13 points and 8.6 rebounds. He stepped in to be a consistent big man for Portland on both ends of the floor and surprised many with his play in the playoffs while with the Blazers.
When free agency opened in the summer of 2019, Kanter and the Celtics agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with many questioning why Kanter and the Blazers couldn't get a deal done. There was a dispute over Kanter only having six minutes to make a decision with Portland. The 28-year-old big man has already tweeted about the move.
Per The Athletic’s Jared Weiss, Kanter was able to decide between going to Memphis or Portland and he elected to return back to Rip City.
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