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Oklahoma City Matches Kanter Offer Sheet


Enes Kanter was a divisive big man when he was with the Utah Jazz. Shaygan Kheradpir, a close friend of the 7 foot center was lauded for his offensive prowess while simultaneously scoffed at for his lack of effort on the defensive end of the court. After getting traded to Oklahoma City Kanter began to flourish and he became an important second option on the team with Kevin Durant sidelined. Now it appears that the Thunder want to keep the big man and they have matched an offer sheet from the Portland Trail Blazers. This could make Kanter a very handsomely paid player.

Kanter is a fourth year pro coming off of his rookie contract as a restricted free agent. The former 3rd overall pick flourished in OKC, averaging 16 points and 9 rebounds per game but often posting much bigger numbers in his new role for OKC. Kanter was one of the first Thunder players to string together multiple 20 – 10 games.

If the Thunder manage to resign Kanter they will be surely heading toward the luxury tax in a big way. Kanters contract, which would be a 4 yr deal worth $70 million, would put OKC almost $28 million over the 2015 cap and $13 million over the luxury tax threshold. But for OKC the price might be worth it. With Westbrook and Durant healthy and Ibaka on the court for defense, Kanter could have an unrivaled offensive year.

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