The Boston Celtics are signing Enes Kanter for the second time in three years. Kanter is coming off a relatively productive stint in Portland. He played in all 72 games last season and averaged a double-double. He will likely be the third big man in the Celtic’s rotation behind Al Horford and Robert Williams III.
It was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, but then made official by Enes Kanter after he posted on his Instagram.
The Turkish center has had many ups and downs in his career, but the addition can potentially be a good fit for the Celtics because of his familiarity with the core of the team. He gives Boston more depth in the front court and much needed help on the offensive glass. He had the third most offensive rebounds per game last season with 3.9.
In the 2019-2020 season with the Celtics, Kanter averaged 8.1 points per game for Boston, while he averaged 11.2 points per game this past year, with the Trail Blazers.
This is Boston’s first signing in this free agency window and we should not expect to see any big signings. Reports indicate that the Celtics want to preserve as much cap space as possible for the big names in the 2022 free agency class.
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