Shortly after the 2018-19 National Basketball Association trade deadline passed, the New York KnickswaivedEnes Kanter prior to the March 1 deadline to be eligible for the playoffs. "Let's go Rip City". Portland signed Kanter to a $70M offer sheet in 2015, which OKC matched. He appeared in 44 games. Kanter, still just 26, apparently did not qualify, as he will be a free agent after this season. He played in just three of 12 games before the National Basketball Association trade deadline as the Knicks were actively shopping him.
The Knicks officially waived Kanter on Thursday's trade deadline and ate the remainder of his $18.6 million contract for this season - the reason they couldn't trade him.
Kanter, who was born in Switzerland but is a Turkish citizen, has been openly critical of the Turkish government.
In about a year and a half in New York, Kanter was a productive member of the starting unit, averaging 14.0 points and 10.8 rebounds in a little over 25 minutes per game.
In the tweet that announced he was heading to Portland, Kanter wore a No. 00 black Blazers jersey.
The Blazers are now sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference with a record of 33-23. This is a really solid addition for the Blazers, who now have Kanter, Jusuf Nurkić, Meyers Leonard and Jake Layman manning the front court. He'll fill the team's 15th and final roster spot.