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Trail Blazers acquire former Knicks Enes Kanter

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The Portland Trail Blazers are acquiring from Boston Celtics the former Knicks Enes Kanter in a three-way deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Grizzlies will receive Mario Hezonja from the Trail Blazers and the No. 30 pick (Desmond Bane) from a draft night deal with the Celtics.

The Celtics get a future Grizzlies draft consideration.

Kanter, 28, is reuniting with the Trail Blazers, as he played 23 regular season games with them during the 2018-2019 NBA season, averaging 13.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

The deal to bring Kanter in as a veteran backup to Jusuf Nurkic is a sign that Hassan Whiteside won’t be back with the Trail Blazers this upcoming season.

Both Kanter and Hezonja, 25, are on expiring contracts, as they will make $5 million and $1.98 million this season, respectively.

The Grizzlies and Trail Blazers will both use one of their trade exceptions for the two players.