Kanter signs with Trail Blazers

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The Portland Trail Blazers gave their Western Conference playoff push a boost by signing veteran centre Enes Kanter on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Turkish big man became available after being waived by the New York Knicks at the National Basketball Association (NBA) trading deadline last Thursday.

“I look forward to helping the Blazers achieve the ultimate goal of competing for a championship,” Kanter wrote on his social media Twitter feed. “Excited to meet my new teammates, coaches, staff and most importantly, the fans.

“It is a blessing to continue to compete at the highest level! Let’s go Rip City.”

The Blazers are 33-23 on the season and tied with the Houston Rockets for fourth spot in the Western Conference standings and Kanter is expected to bring much needed rebounding and playoff experience to the roster.