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Blazers add free agent F Kanter

Updated: 14-02-2019 07:23 IST
Blazers add free agent F Kanter

Enes Kanter joined the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday following a split with the New York Knicks last week. Kanter tweeted Wednesday that the deal was done. Per multiple media reports, Portland edged the Los Angeles Lakers and other suitors to land the big man.

"I look forward to helping the Blazers achieve the ultimate goal of competing for a championship," he wrote on Twitter. "Excited to meet my new teammates, coaches, staff and most importantly the fans. It is a blessing to continue to compete at the highest level. Let's go Rip City" Kanter averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds in 44 games with the Knicks, who released him only minutes after the NBA's trade deadline last week.

The 26-year-old was in the final year of a four-year, $70 million deal that paid him $18.6 million for the 2018-19 season. The $70 million value originated with the Blazers, who signed Kanter to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent, but the Oklahoma City Thunder matched it to keep him. Kanter broke into the NBA in 2011-12 with the Utah Jazz and also spent 2 1/2 seasons with the Thunder before the Knicks acquired him in the September 2017 trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City.

--Field Level Media