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Celtics interested in Enes Kanter if he is bought out

09 February 2019

If the Knicks don't find a trade partner for Kanter by the trade deadline Thursday, Kanter could reach a buyout agreement with NY.

ESPN's Ian Begley tweeted out that "Opposing executives believe the Boston Celtics will be among the teams with interest in Enes Kanter if/when the Knicks big man parts ways with NYK".

Kanter has averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds - tied for 12th in the league - in just 25.6 minutes per game this season, but he ranked last out of 68 qualified centers in ESPN's defensive real plus-minus metric. Kanter is a vocal critic of the regime, and refused to travel with the Knicks to London earlier this season for fear that he could be assassinated.

"Each day I spend in the National Basketball Association is a blessing and I look forward to my next adventure", Kanter posted on Twitter after his release". This has the potential to be one of the deadline's more under-the-radar storylines.

Kanter, 26, publicly expressed his frustrations with his lack of playing time in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, but the Knicks were unable to move him due to his $18.6 million contract.

A ton of contending teams will certainly come calling - most likely headed by the Houston Rockets.

Kanter's expiring contract at $18.6m made trade options a hard match for the Knicks.

NY didn't execute any trades before Thursday's deadline.

The Lakers have been strongly linked while the Portland Trail Blazers could also take a chance on the 34-year-old.

Kanter will become an unrestricted free agent on the buyout market, and a lot of playoff teams are studying that market looking to add depth and fill in gaps in their roster.

Celtics interested in Enes Kanter if he is bought out