Celtics Add Enes Kanter to the Mix with Two Year Deal
BOSTON - After the acquisition of Kemba Walker from the Charlotte Hornets through free agency, the Boston Celtics knew the need they had to address going forward in the process: big men and centers. Currently, the starting lineup looks like it will consist of Walker, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and, in a surprise move, Enes Kanter. If the Celtics can keep adding contracts to the roster like Kanter's, which are cheap and help fill a massive need for Boston while also addressing concerns at a certain position, then they might be able to form a well-rounded squad to actually contend in the Eastern Conference.
Kanter, the 27 year old from Turkey, left the Portland Trail Blazers and agreed to a two-year, $10 million dollar contract with the Celtics yesterday, per Shams Charania. The deal also has a second year player option. Last season, as a Blazer and a New York Knick, Kanter put up 13.7 points per game, but his best asset comes in his rebounding as he recorded 9.8 per game last season. Rebounding has been a Celtics weakness for far too long.
If Kemba fits into the team because he is a talented play maker and one of the nicest teammates anyone could have, then Kanter definitely fits into the scheme of things by being someone who is loyal to any team he plays for and, at 6'11", will actually provide some size to a lineup that was sorely lacking it. He may not replace the production of Al Horford, but he is a much better option than some of the potential big men the Celtics were eyeing in free agency. Those options include Vincent Poirier, who has also agreed to two year deal with Boston, per Charania.
Sources are also saying that Danny Ainge is not yet done making moves because he knows this team is not a title contender yet and he is not interested in rebuilding. I don't want to be naive and get my hopes up or anything, but if Ainge can pull off another top acquisition, then this Celtics team might be a force to be reckoned with next season.