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The Boston Celtics Could Lose Out on Their $10 Million Big Man To the Golden State Warriors

The Boston Celtics could potentially lose their big man, Enes Kanter, before the 2020-21 season. If Kanter doesn’t decide to join the Celtics for the upcoming season, one team that could potentially land him is the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors would benefit from having a big man like Kanter, who can provide a lot of value to the team. Only time will tell regarding the decision that Kanter will make. 

Taking a look at Enes Kanter’s career

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Kanter began his NBA career in 2011 when the Utah Jazz selected him with the third overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. During the 2011-12 season, Kanter became the 10th Jazz rookie in franchise history to appear in every game during the regular season. He averaged 4.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in his first NBA season. During his final two seasons in Utah, Kanter saw his numbers improve. He averaged 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds during the 2013-14 season.

Kanter became a full-time starter during the 2014-15 season and averaged 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds. The center was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in February of 2015. Kanter became a productive big man during his time in Utah, and NBA teams noticed how much of a value he has on the court. When he joined the Thunder for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, he started in 26 games and averaged 18.7 points and 11 rebounds, which were both a career-high.

After his time in Oklahoma City, he was traded to the New York Knicks. In his first season with the Knicks, he started in 71 games, a career-high, and averaged 14.1 points and 11 rebounds. During the 2018-19 season, Kanter was on the move again as the Knicks waived him in February of 2019. He then signed with the Portland Trail Blazers for the remainder of the season. Kanter had an impressive performance during the 2019 playoffs as he started in 14 of the 16 games and averaged 11.4 points and 9.7 rebounds.

Enes Kanter joining the Celtics in 2019

The Celtics made some key additions to their team when they added Kanter and Kemba Walker to the team. Kanter signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Celtics. Boston emerged as a frontrunner to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. Kanter provided that veteran experience, and he’s a player that could start or come off the bench and still provide key minutes. 

During the 2019-20 season, Kanter averaged 8.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. He appeared in 11 games off the bench in the playoffs and averaged 4.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. Throughout his career, Kanter has never been a star player, but he has been an efficient player on the teams he’s played for. Now during the offseason, Kanter has a big decision to make regarding his future.

Will the Warriors grab Kanter if he’s available?

Looking at the Warriors’ current roster, they do not have a true center. The Warriors may have their eyes on Kanter to see what he does with the Celtics. He holds a $5 million player option for the 2021 season. The Celtics have two talented young big men in Robert Williams and Grant Williams. Kanter could certainly be a trade option if he decides to stick with the Celtics.

If he opts out of his final year, he could choose his next destination, though he may not get much money on the open market. Kanter could fit well in the Warriors system. He’s a good pick and roll player, and he will certainly help in the rebounding game. You have to think the Warriors will have discussions about Kanter if they’re not already.