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Enes Kanter traded to Blazers in 3-team deal

The Celtics have traded Kanter back to the Blazers after one season.

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Enes Kanter is headed back to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 28-year-old center has been traded from the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Boston orchestrated the trade on Thursday during the NBA Draft, sending Desmond Bane (No. 30 pick) to Memphis. Now that Portland has been added to the mix, the Grizzlies will also get Mario Hezonja.

The Celtics will get a future draft consideration from the Grizzlies, per ESPN.

Kanter returns to the Pacific Northwest, where he played some of his best basketball.

He averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 23 games with the Trail Blazers during the 2018-19 season, which included a run to the Western Conference finals.

He will become an unrestricted free agent next season.

 

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