Blazers Acquire Enes Kanter In Three-Way Deal With Celtics, Grizzlies

Celtics trade Enes Kanter to Trail Blazers in three-team deal with Grizzlies

The Celtics will reportedly receive a future draft pick from the Grizzlies, while Memphis gets Mario Hezonja and the draft rights to Desmond Bane - the No. 30 pick in Wednesday's draft. The move will also create a $5 million traded player exception that the Celtics can use later to acquire another player.

The Portland Trail Blazers have reached an agreement on a two-year deal with Derrick Jones Jr., Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Kanter tweeted "home sweet home" with red and black hearts, the Portland Trailblazers colors, in reaction to the news.

Kanter returns to the Blazers, where he had averaged 13 points, 8.6 rebounds in 23 games at the end of the 2018-19 season. Also, Boston could look to add another big man when free agency opens on Friday night.

Kanter's time in Boston might be best described as up-and-down.

Nurkic suffered an injury late that season, but now he'll be the starter with Kanter as the backup. In fact, many feel it was his insertion into Game 3 of the Raptors series that helped struggling Raptors shooters find new life.

Hezonja (6-8, 220) has appeared in 330 games (69 starts) and has averaged 6.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 18.5 minutes over his five-year National Basketball Association career (2015-20) with the Orlando Magic, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.



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