The Portland Trail Blazers offered Enes Kanter a $ 70 million four-year contract in 2015, and even though the Oklahoma City Thunder was in compliance with this contract, it eventually went to Portland to finish the season almost four years later. Kanter participated in his first training session with the Blazers on Wednesday, during which he explained to the media his decision to choose Portland at the expense of the other contenders.
In fact, Damian Lillard played an important role, as reported by Joe Freeman of Oregonian / OregonLive:
Kanter said he had chosen the Blazers rather than LeBron James and the Lakers – his other finalists – because of his connections to his past and his history with the organization. The critical point, Kanter said, came when Lillard sent a text message to recruit him, after which he decided that "it's the best place I can be."
Freeman also explained what Kanter's first practice looked like:
At their first training session since the star break, the Blazers had what coach Terry Stotts called a "live" and "active" practice that included a fair amount of simulations on the court. . Later, Kanter took a 30-minute crash course on the Blazers' basic offensive sets, working with Gary Trent Jr., Anfernee Simons, Skal Labissiere and assistant coach Jim Moran in 5-on-0 drills.
The tall man will immediately occupy the position of relief center. It must therefore be educated on the workstations of the bench unit.
Read the rest of Freeman's article on Kanter's "emotional return" to the Blazers.