Enes Kanter helped the Trail Blazers make the 2019 NBA Western Conference finals.
He'll be back in a Portland uniform for the upcoming season, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Trail Blazers later confirmed the deal via news release.
The report said Portland has sent forward Mario Hezonja to Memphis in a three-team deal that lands the center Kanter from the Boston Celtics. The Grizzlies also received the 30th pick in the recent draft (made by Boston), Desmond Bane. The Celtics receive a future Memphis draft consideration, the report said.
There were other signings as the NBA free agency period opened, including a reported agreement reached between the Blazers and Carmelo Anthony, according to The Athletic on Saturday. That adds to a trade for Robert Covington, and signings of Rodney Hood and Derrick Jones as the Trail Blazers bolstered their roster.
On Sunday, ESPN reported that the Blazers have also signed center Harry Giles.
Kanter started for the Trail Blazers during the 2019 playoff run, after Jusuf Nurkic went down with a leg injury. Now Nurkic is back and Kanter is reportedly back, too. Kanter had signed a free-agent contract with Boston last offseason.
Wojnarowski said that Kanter will make $5 million and he provides insurance while Zach Collins recovers from ankle surgery.
Kanter's acquisition also helps fill the void from the departure of Hassan Whiteside to free agency.
Meanwhile, ESPN reported later Friday that Rodney Hood was signing a two-year, $21 million deal with Portland. Hood had opted out of his deal with Portland, but speculation had him expecting to sign with Portland.
And, The Athletic reported that athletic small forward Derrick Jones, formerly of the Miami Heat, has agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract with Portland.
The Trail Blazers have also, reportedly, acquired forward Robert Covington from Houston.
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