After spending one season with the Portland Trail Blazers, Enes Kanter is heading back to the Boston Celtics on a one-year deal after playing for the franchise in the 2019-20 season.
Free agent center Enes Kanter has agreed to a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Kanter returns to Boston to compete in the Eastern Conference title race.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 4, 2021
Kanter is coming off a very productive season with the Blazers. He not only played in all 72 regular season games (started 35), but he also matched his career best in averaging 11.0 rebounds per game. He also averaged 11.2 points per contest as well for Portland.
Although his stay with the Celtics the first time around was just for one year, it is a reunion nonetheless for Kanter as he will look to add some solid depth to their front court after Boston reportedly traded away Tristan Thompson to the Kings.
The Celtics are in a real interesting phase after head coach Brad Stevens left that spot to replace Danny Ainge in the front office. Boston has two superstar players in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown yet, they sputtered for much of last year and weren't ever able to piece the puzzle together. They were bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Brooklyn Nets in a quick five games.
Kanter could potentially start but even if he doesn't, he will certainly be part of the rotation for the Celtics as they look to regain their successful ways in the Eastern Conference.
Perhaps most interesting about Kanter's career path is that even though he's played for a total of five teams, he will have gone from the Blazers to the Celtics, then back to the Blazers, and now back to the Celtics again in the last four years.