Boston Celtics

Enes Kanter of the New York Knicks reacts in the second half against the Washington Wizards during their game at Madison Square Garden on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Celtics have found their big man in free agency. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, they are signing free-agent center Enes Kanter.

Kanter, 27, most recently played for the Thunder and has also played for the Knicks, Jazz and Thunder. In 2018-19, he averaged 13.7 points and 9.8 rebounds as a below-the-rim offensive presence. He had a good playoff run after signing with the Blazers following a mid-season release by the Knicks, averaging 11.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 16 games.

The move comes after the Celtics found themselves in desperate need of at least a serviceable starting center in the wake of the departure of Al Horford to the 76ers. Aron Baynes is also headed to the Phoenix Suns in a trade from draft night.

Kanter will top a center depth chart that will also include sophomore big man Robert Williams. The Celtics have also extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Daniel Theis and signed undrafted rookie Tacko Fall out of Central Florida.

UPDATE: According to Keith Smith of Yahoo! Sports, Kanter will make just under $9.8 million in two years under the “room” exception. He will be paid $4.767 million in year one and $5,005,350 on a player option in year two.

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