After Enes Kanter was waived by the Knicks following the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline, he signed with the Trail Blazers. But he was also linked to the Celtics and three other teams by Michael Pina of SB Nation.
Apparently, the Celtics haven’t lost interest in the 6-foot-11 center over the last four-plus months. Because Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting, Kanter is “expected to receive interest” from the Celtics and Lakers, while Portland tries to retain him.
Kanter and defense don’t exactly go hand in hand — and that’s putting it lightly. Look, he’ll get rebounds, but he’s 6-foot-11. Some of those will fall into his lap. But he is not good defensively on the pick and roll in a league that’s all about, well, the pick and roll.
In some capacity, Brad Stevens seems to make most guys better defensively, but this doesn’t seem like the right fit. Especially when you consider from 2015-16 to 2018-19, prior to the buyout and short-term deal with Portland, Kanter was under contract for $16.4 to $18.6 million a year. He may not be asking for that type of money, but he won’t be cheap.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog