He got traded from the Celtics to the Trail Blazers last year.
Now, he’s again leaving the Trail Blazers for the Celtics.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 4, 2021
Jared Weiss of The Athletic:
Celtics and Enes Kanter are working out a deal for likely a portion of the MLE, league sources tell The Athletic. Salary still being figured out as team settles its cap situation.
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) August 4, 2021
Kanter’s minimum salary is $2,641,691 (of which Boston would pay only $1,701,595 on a one-year contract).
The Celtics ought to know he isn’t worth too much more. They surrendered a first-round pick to unload his $5,005,350 salary last year.
Kanter is a good interior scorer and rebounder, but his poor defense is a liability.
The Celtics could have been content with Al Horford and Robert Williams as their rotation centers after trading Tristan Thompson to the Kings, with Tacko Fall as third-stringer. But Horford might prefer to play power forward, and it’s unclear how much Boston trusts Williams. The 29-year-old Kanter, though flawed, is fairly dependable.
So, Kanter could return to the Trail Blazers next summer.