Celtics interested in Enes Kanter if he is bought out

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The 26-year-old Kanter indicated after Tuesday's game that he played his final game with the Knicks.

Kanter had become a fan favorite in NY, but the franchise chose to shelve him after the start of 2019 ostensibly to develop other players despite his average production of 14 points and 10.5 rebounds in 44 games.

While he will continue on the Knick's payroll for the remainder of his contract, Kanter agreed with the Knicks' management to stay at home and not travel with the team to their game against the Detroit Pistons, according to the Post.

If the Celtics clear Jabari Bird from the roster as expected, I'm open to bringing in Kanter who can help the 2nd unit scoring. Kanter is a vocal critic of the regime, and refused to travel with the Knicks to London earlier this season for fear that he could be assassinated.

Then again, the Celtics were OK with adding the defensively challenged Greg Monroe previous year, and he ended up averaging 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds a game in limited minutes before being relegated to mostly garbage time and DNPs in the playoffs.

The Houston Rockets were among the playoff teams who had interest in signing Matthews after his buyout, sources said.

Kanter's expiring contract at $18.6 million made trade options a hard match for the Knicks.

NY didn't execute any trades before Thursday's deadline.

Kanter has been quietly productive this season, averaging 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while shooting 53.6 percent from the floor in just under 25 minutes.

The Knicks also made a decision to keep Jordan, despite suggestions that the veteran would be bought out.

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