Versus the Toronto Raptors, Enes Kanter has been all but unplayable. Forget the three stat-less minutes he built up in trash time during last night’s blowout triumph. Prior to then, the Boston Celtics played him an overall of 4 minutes, and in them, he was a -4 contributor … and that was with four points scored of his own.

Thus far, Kanter has actually not lived up to the expectations that lots of had entering into the season. After functioning as the starter for a Portland Trailblazers group that made a go to the Western Conference finals, the Turkish center has actually not had the ability to vie for the beginning task or even secure the backup task.

Rather, Robert Williams has actually emerged as a superior alternative and has actually been a force in this series, converting on his very first 10 shots of the series with two different 5-5 trips. When the offseason gets here, Williams’ play might have made things really easy for the Cs front office.

A lineup crunch is coming in the type of numerous incoming first-round draft choices and the two-way agreements of Tremont Waters and Tacko Fall needing to be transformed too. That might cause a circumstance where Boston uses a choice to get off of Kanter’s $5 million, which is:

a) great for what might be a really costly luxury tax costs and

b) an excellent way to get some sort of value back in the kind of a trade exception.

Obtaining the $5 million trade exception might permit the team to pursue a player at the trade deadline or next summertime. Who understands what sort of property that might be at such a low income value … however versatility is never a bad thing.

With the goal in mind, here are 3 teams the Boston Celtics can pursue in an Enes Kanter income dump:

The books of the Charlotte Hornets will be reasonably clean this offseason, and they will be among the couple of teams with practical cap space-assuming the cap is flattened at $109 million. They have a requirement for a backup center behind Cody Zeller, and might manage to handle second-round choices from Boston too.

Kanter might get time to shine as a veteran on a young group that ranked dead last in points per game in 2019-20. His post-game could assist ease the playmaking burden for Terry Rozier and Devonte Graham, two guards not notorious for their assisting in.

Like the Hornets, the Detroit Pistons likewise have loads of cap area and a vacancy at the center position. Unlike Charlotte, Detroit might be without a starting center if Christian Wood leaves-which looks far more most likely after he shared an IG story with a photoshopped Philadelphia 76ers jersey on.

Kanter could be the frontcourt complement to Blake Griffin, which would produce enjoyable offense but wouldn’t have the ability to stop incoming drives if they were painted red and were octagonal. That sounds like a best tanking plan to me.

Offered Kanter’s clear love for both the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden-and his over the top dramatics connected to his WWE stint as 24/7 Champion, it seems like a return to the Mecca would be a best narrative for a guy with pro wrestling aspirations in his future.

While he clashed with former coach David Fizdale, possibly he ‘d have the ability to gel well with Tom Thibodeau given his tangible improvements on the defensive this previous season. Considered that existing Knicks centers Mitchell Robinson and Taj Gibson lack much of a bag so to speak, maybe Kanter’s offensive-minded method would be an excellent contrast to their defense-first dispositions.