Blazers Acquire Enes Kanter In Three-Way Deal With Celtics, Grizzlies

Ross Houston
November 21, 2020

Portland is acquiring Boston's Turkish center Enes Kanter, while Memphis gets from Portland Croatian forward Mario Hezonjia and Desmond Bane, the recent 30th pick of the 2020 National Basketball Association draft.

The move will knock over $5 million off of Boston's payroll, additional financial flexibility that should come in handy in light of the revelation that Gordon Hayward will not exercise his 2020-21 player option with the team.

The Celtics will reportedly receive a future draft pick from the Grizzlies, while Memphis gets Mario Hezonja and the draft rights to Desmond Bane - the No. 30 pick in Wednesday's draft. Now he rejoins Portland, where he spent one season before signing a two-year deal with the Celtics prior to last season.

Kanter tweeted "home sweet home" with red and black hearts, the Portland Trailblazers colors, in reaction to the news.

Kanter played in 58 of Boston's 72 games (seven starts) in his lone season with the team, averaging 8.1 points (57.2% FG, 70.7% FT), and 7.4 rebounds in 16.9 minutes of action. He stepped up nicely after Jusuf Nurkic broke his leg, and capitalized on that performance with a free agent deal in Boston.

Kanter returns to Portland, where he played at the end of the 2018-19 season.

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