Report: Thunder will match Blazers’ max offer to Enes Kanter

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The Oklahoma City Thunder will keep Enes Kanter, but thanks to a hefty offer sheet from the Portland Trail Blazers, it’s going to cost them much more than they probably had initially planned.

David Aldridge of NBA.com:

Source indicates OKC will, as expected, match the 4-year, $70M offer sheet today for big man Enes Kanter, given Thursday by Portland.

This move was expected on the Oklahoma City side, but Kanter likely wouldn’t have gotten that much money from the Thunder without grabbing the offer sheet from the Blazers that ultimately forced his current team’s hand.

Oklahoma City acquired Kanter at the trade deadline last season, as part of a three-team deal that sent Reggie Jackson to the Pistons. His numbers jumped significantly with the Thunder in the latter part of the season, where Kanter averaged 18.7 points and 11 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per contest during 26 appearances.

The Thunder need his scoring inside, and having him as a legitimate option when opposing defenses focus on slowing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook should make Oklahoma City a formidable threat next season.