Enes Kanter C OKC 2 months ago

Kanter will have his $70 million offer sheet that he signed with Portland matched by the Thunder, David Aldridge of TNT reports.

This was expected of the Thunder, as Kanter will now serve as their primary big man down low for the foreseeable future. After being traded to the Thunder at last season's trade deadline, Kanter stepped right in and averaged 18.7 points on 57 percent shooting and 11.0 rebounds in 31 minutes. He'll look to build on last season's impressive performance as Oklahoma City looks to make a return to the top of the Western Conference.

Enes Kanter C OKC 2 months ago

Kanter (knee) will sign a four-year, $70 million offer sheet with the Blazers on Thursday, NBA.com reports.

The development marks the second time in four offseasons that Blazers general manager Neil Olshey attempts to swipe a center from another organization (also, Roy Hibbert of the Pacers in 2012). The Thunder likely can't stand to take the hit to their froncourt, but they'll have three days in order to decide whether it's worth the hit to the bottom line. After joining the Thunder in mid-February, he picked up the scoring burden left behind by a decimated squad, averaging 18.7 points (on 57 percent shooting), 11.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 31 minutes.

Enes Kanter C OKC 2 months ago

Kanter received a qualifying offer from the Thunder to make him a restricted free agent, Basketball Insiders reports.

Kanter is expected to meet with other teams, but after the Thunder went out of their way to acquire the big man in a trade last season, it'd be surprising to see him on another team next season. As a restricted free agent, he can sign an offer sheet with another team, but the Thunder have rights of first refusal on whether or not to match any offer sheets he signs.

Enes Kanter C OKC 4 months ago

GM Sam Presti said Wednesday that the Thunder are committed to re-signing Kanter this offseason, The Oklahoman reports.

The Thunder acquired Kanter via trade with the Jazz at the deadline, and he thrived with his new team, averaging 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds in 31.1 minutes. A restricted free agent this offseason, Kanter is likely to receive a lucrative offer from the Thunder, but he also figures to draw considerable interest from other teams. It's unclear what the Thunder's ceiling is as far as matching another offer, but Presti cited the pending TV deal, and expected salary cap jump, as a reason Oklahoma City may be willing to spend more. If Kanter does return to Oklahoma City, he could shift to a bench role, as Serge Ibaka will return healthy after missing the final month of the season with a knee injury. Kanter told reporters in April that he does not care whether he starts or comes off the bench.

Enes Kanter C OKC 4 months ago

Kanter was traded from the Jazz to the Thunder at the February trade deadline and averaged career-highs of 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds while shooting 57 percent from the field in 31.1 minutes per game across 26 starting appearances for Oklahoma City.

Kanter posted 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 49 games for the Jazz before being traded to the Thunder, where he blossomed into the kind of offensive player that warranted him being selected third overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. The 22-year-old provided Oklahoma City with a skilled low-post scorer and rebounder, although Kanter has still never played with Kevin Durant (foot) and has played just nine games with Serge Ibaka (knee). To his credit Kanter exploded for 20.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game over the last month of the season, when both Durant and Ibaka were sidelined, but his production would probably scale-back a bit on a fully healthy Thunder squad. Still, Kanter showed the type of fantastic ability that should result in Oklahoma City matching any restricted free agent offer to Kanter this offseason, even though he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee following this season. While the Thunder are also without a coach at the moment, Kanter staying with the team would likely result in his fantasy stock being the highest it's ever been ahead of next season.

Enes Kanter C OKC 4 months ago

Kanter has undergone successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks before beginning regular offseason activites.

There was no indication of a knee issue for Kanter during the season, but the surgery is likely just a cleanup procedure. Assuming no setbacks occur, he should be ready for the start of training camp.

Enes Kanter C OKC 4 months ago

Kanter scored 25 points (11-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT) with 15 rebounds, two assists and a block in 34 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Timberwolves.

The Thunder just missed the playoffs, but Kanter looks like he will be a very solid complementary piece to the team's dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant next season.

Enes Kanter C OKC 5 months ago

Kanter (neck) had 21 points (9-19 FG), 17 rebounds and one block in 38 minutes.

Whatever soreness Kanter might have in his neck didn't seem to hinder his performance on Sunday. He had a normal workload and was a rebounding machine.

Enes Kanter C OKC 5 months ago

Kanter (neck) is starting Sunday's game against the Rockets.

There was never any indication of Kanter's neck injury being serious, as he finished out Friday's loss to the Grizzlies with 24 points and 17 rebounds. X-rays came back negative, so the Turkish big man figures to once again log minutes well into the 30s.

Enes Kanter C OKC 5 months ago

Kanter put up 24 points and 17 rebounds in Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, but he underwent X-rays on his neck following the game, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports.

The X-rays came back negative, and Kanter said he was fine, so at first glance it does not appear he is dealing with anything major. Expect an update on Kanter's status prior to the Thunder's next game Sunday against the Rockets.