Veteran big man Enes Kanter returns to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team trade that involves the Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies, via ESPN.
The Grizzlies receive Mario Hezonja and draft rights to 30th pick in Wednesday’s draft, Desmond Bane.
The Celtics receive a future draft pick from the Grizzlies.
Kanter returns to Portland for the first time since 2018-19.
In 23 games with the Trail Blazers, Kanter has averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds while posting respectable interior defense.
Kanter never quite found his balance with the Celtics due to tipping issues on the defensive pick and roll.
But the big man was a huge cheerleader for Boston on and off the field.
What a blessing to play for an organization like the @celtics ☘️
This team, this organization, the whole state made me a more complete player and a better person on and off the pitch.
Don’t forget to retire # 11 😄
Thanks Boston 💚 pic.twitter.com/8U59LXAFA2
– Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) November 20, 2020
Now Kanter will have a chance to play consistently behind starting Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic.
Following the trade, the Celtics will have the opportunity to offer a new mid-level exception.