NBA Rumors: Oklahoma City Thunder match contract offer of Trail Blazers to Enes Kanter

After losing LaMarcus Aldridge in the NBA Free agency, the Portland Trail Blazers offered a $70 million max contract to center Enes Kanter. But the Oklahoma City Thunder are not willing to let their big man go away as they matched the offer sheet on Sunday. Kanter stays with OKC.

Kanter played great with the Thunder last season, averaging 19 points and nine rebounds. He was traded last year, coming from the Jazz. Kanter’s production is needed to compliment the superstar Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

The Thunder were willing this time to pay Kanter’s talent. Several years ago, they didn’t keep James Harden, who just became a star with the Rockets. Truly, the Thunder needed a center who can score, rebound and even defend for them to be successful in the coming NBA season.

However stats showed that with Kanter on the floor last season, the Thunder were outscored by 1.3 points per 100 possessions. And with him on the bench, the outscored the opposing teams by 2.3.

According to CBS reports,

When Kanter played, they gave up an unbelievable 109.9 points per 100 possessions defensively. When Serge Ibaka and Kanter played together, OKC surrendered 108.4 points per 100 possessions in the 11 games they played together, compared to the 103.2 points per 100 possessions they gave up with Ibaka on the floor and Kanter off.

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