Former Trail Blazer Enes Kanter joins the Boston Celtics on a two-year $10 million deal.
Kanter will be replacing Al Horford who has been the backbone for the Celtics throughout the past three seasons. Horford played with a lot of heart and his defense was underrated. Horford’s efforts weren’t shown in the stat sheet but he brought his A-game every night.
Initially, there were reports that Horford would re-sign with the Celtics for a multi-year deal as free agency was looming. Then, Horford looked at his options and realized he could get a heftier contract elsewhere and he agreed to a four-year $109 million deal with the 76ers. This had the whole league in shock that he would join a Celtics’ rival. At age 33, this will be Horford’s last contract and financially he made the right move.
Enes Kanter was waived by the New York Knicks before the trade deadline back in February and signed a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. As a Trail Blazer, he played 23 games averaging 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds a game. Kanter only played 22 minutes a night and he scored just as many points as Horford and two more rebounds.
What Kanter brings to the Celtics is a player who can score down low in the post and grab rebounds. With Horford gone, Aron Baynes traded away and Tacko Fall still developing, Kanter can fill the gap at center that Boston needs.
Danny Ainge has responded well with the departure of Kyrie Irving and Horford signing Kemba Walker and Kanter. These acquisitions are steps in the right direction for the Celtics. Let’s see what else Ainge has in store for Boston moving forward.