Enes Kanter is headed to Boston.
The Celtics announced Wednesday that they’ve officially signed the big man to a new contract, though the team didn’t reveal the details of it.
“Enes demands a lot of attention on the glass at both ends,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement. “His ability to get easy baskets in the paint is a problem for opponents. I believe he has a chance to progress as a perimeter shooter.”
Kanter will wear No. 11 for the team.
According to Kanter’s manager, he signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Celtics on July 1. Kanter is entering his ninth NBA season and Boston will be the fifth team he has played for.
. @NBA #FreeAgency Announcement:@EnesKanter has decided to sign with @celtics We are excited to join this historic franchise!
Two year deal with a second year player option!@espn #MAESTROSports pic.twitter.com/ZuJIaayMyF
— Hank Fetic (@hadisfetic) July 1, 2019
Kanter was waived by the Knicks in February, but made himself a valuable asset in Portland on a one-year deal worth a little more than $650,000 not long after. The 6-11 center averaged 11.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in the 2019 playoffs before the Trail Blazers were swept by Golden State in the Western Conference finals.
Kanter recorded five double-doubles in the postseason and filled in valiantly for the injured Jusuf Nurkic. But, Portland traded for Miami’s Hassan Whiteside to fill its hole in the middle.
Boston, on the other hand, is in need of a post presence, as Al Horford declined his $30.1 million player option and signed a four-year deal with Philadelphia.
The Celtics drafted five players in 2019 and lost some notable veterans to free agency this summer, including Kyrie Irving.
They also signed former Hornets guard Kemba Walker to a max contract.