Looking to fill the void of losing LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez, the Portland Trail Blazers have signed restricted free agent Enes Kanter to an offer sheet. The deal is four years in length and valued at $70 million. Kanter, who spent last season between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder, averaged 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. According to GM Sam Presti the Thunder intend on matching the offer and they’ll have 72 hours to do so.
“We haven’t received an offer sheet as of yet,” Presti told The Oklahoman. “But our intention has been to match offers on Enes and nothing has changed in this regard. Enes expressed his desire to be a part of the Thunder in our meeting with him yesterday and we have planned in advance should he receive an offer such as the one that has been reported.”
Retaining Kanter will cause the Thunder to have a tax bill of $23.4 million, something that they’ve avoided in years prior. The pressure is on for the Thunder to put a contender on the court due to the impending free agency of one Kevin Durant. Will they match the offer and do so or will they let Kanter walk and throw the upcoming season into limbo?