Report: Enes Kanter Signed With Blazers Over Lakers After Knicks Buyout

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After a dispiriting loss to the Atlanta Hawks to conclude their six-game road trip, the Los Angeles Lakers head into NBA All-Star Weekend with a 28-29 record.

With only 25 games remaining in the 2018-2019 NBA season, the Lakers are running out of time to make up ground to get back into the Western Conference playoff race.

Even after adding Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala at the trade deadline, Los Angeles could use one more rotational player to round out the roster. After sending Ivica Zubac to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers now lack a center who can score in the post.

It appears the Lakers tried to solve this issue by going after Enes Kanter before he signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Blazers were Kanter’s choice over several serious suitors, including the Los Angeles Lakers, sources said.

Kanter was waived by the New York Knicks at the end of the trade deadline as they develop the younger players on the roster while also being mindful of the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Kanter’s ability to score down low and grab offensive rebounds should help out the Blazers down the stretch.

Kanter would have been a good choice to fill the team’s final roster spot given his aforementioned abilities, but the team will now have to look elsewhere. They have been linked to Markieff Morris and it appears there is mutual interest after he was cleared to play again.

Heading into All-Star Weekend, the Lakers need to regroup and focus on the rest of the season. Hopefully, they will come out refreshed and start a winning streak that will propel them to the playoffs.

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