The 2021 offseason will indeed come with another reunion for the Boston Celtics, as free agent Enes Kanter is returning to Boston for a second stint with the club, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Kanter, meanwhile, took to Twitter to confirm the news himself.
Kanter, who spent the 2019-20 season with the Celtics, spent last year with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he averaged 11.2 points and 11 rebounds and over 24 minutes per contest over a 72-game run. In Boston, Kanter served as a rotational piece in for Brad Stevens, and averaged 8.1 points and 7.4 rebounds, along with a 57.2 field goal percentage, in 58 games played.
This is now the second time that Kanter, drafted by the Utah Jazz with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, has left Portland for Boston in the last two years.
Overall, the 6-foot-10 Turkish center has averaged 11.5 points and 7.9 boards per game over a 713-game career that’s included stops in Utah, Oklahoma City, New York, Portland (twice), and Boston (also twice).
Kanter adds some depth to a backcourt that certainly lost some this past weekend, with Tristan Thompson shipped to Sacramento and Moses Brown added to the trade for Maverick-turned-Celtic Josh Richardson.
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