After obtaining Hassan Whiteside, Portland treated Kanter like Doug E. Fresh.
“Six minutes, six minutes, six minutes Enes Kanter you’re on.”
The NBA free agency craziness continued into today, with players such as D’Angelo Russell heading to the west coast to join the Golden State Warriors. This afternoon we learned that Hassan Whiteside was also heading west, this time to Portland to team with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
After that deal hist the wire, the team turned to Enes Kanter, who joined them for 23 games after being waived by the Knicks last season, and asked him to decide on whether he wanted to remain with the team.
The only thing is that Portland, according to Mark Spears, gave Kanter six minutes to decide.
“Ok, I was considering signing with the Blazers but they gave me only 6 minutes to decide” wrote Kanter in a text to Spears.
While Kanter wouldn’t agree to re-signing with the team because he didn’t feel comfortable doing it without having time to think about it, another opportunity presented itself in Boston with the departure of Al Horford. As a result, Kanter signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Celtics, with a player option in the second season.
In the end, Kanter had nothing but love for the team and city, and took to Twitter to thank Rip City.
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) July 1, 2019
In his brief time with the Trail Blazers, Kanter averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds.