The Boston Celtics have been dealing over the last 48 hours and have pulled off another trade. Well, technically, they have added on to a draft night trade they made with the Memphis Grizzlies. This part of the deal has sent big man Enes Kanter to the Portland Trail Blazers.
News of the trade comes via a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
As for the entire trade, the Celtics are getting a future draft pick from the Grizzlies, Memphis is getting Mario Hezonjia and Desmond Bane, while the Trail Blazers get Kanter.
Kanter has a solid history with the Trail Blazers. He had a very successful run in Portland in the 2018-19 season. Portland is excited to be able to have him back on the roster.
Last season with the Celtics, Kanter ended up playing in 58 games and started in seven of those appearances. He averaged 8.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Kanter shot 57.2 percent from the floor.
This does add some intrigue to the Celtics’ offseason. They need some help at the center position and have traded both Kanter and Vincent Poirier in the last two days. Could they have another deal in place to bring in some help?
Rumors have been swirling that the Indiana Pacers are trying to acquire Gordon Hayward in a sign-and-trade deal with the Celtics. Myles Turner, a talented young center, has been the rumored piece that could head back to Boston.
Either way, Enes Kanter will give the Trail Blazers a much-needed backup center. Hassan Whiteside likely won’t be back in town following this move. Back in 2018-19 with the Blazers, Kanter averaged 13.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists.
Expect to hear plenty of rumors coming out in the next few hours with NBA free agency about to get started. These three teams may have more moves in the process of being made.