Veteran center Kanter signs with Trail Blazers

Free-agent center Enes Kanter has signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, he said Wednesday.

Kanter made the news official in a post on Twitter, saying he’s eager to “helping the Blazers achieving the ultimate goal of competing for a championship.”

Kanter had been released by the Knicks on Thursday after New York had talked to teams about potential trades for the veteran center for the past several weeks.

The 26-year-old had appeared in just three of the Knicks’ past 12 games prior to being released and was vocal about his displeasure over his reduced role.

Kanter has averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds — tied for 12th in the league — in 25.6 minutes per game this season, but he ranked last out of 68 qualified centers in ESPN’s defensive real plus-minus metric. He is tied for third in the NBA in offensive rebounding (3.9 per game) since the start of the 2017-18 season.

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