Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti remained steadfast in saying he’d match any offer for Enes Kanter, and it appears Presti will indeed match the four-year, $70 million max offer sheet Kanter signed with the Portland Trail Blazers:
Source indicates OKC will, as expected, match the 4-year, $70M offer sheet today for big man Enes Kanter, given Thursday by Portland.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 12, 2015
Kanter is a rather polarizing figure, as he’s a super talented 23-year-old big man who just happens to be the worst defensive center in the league. Kanter put up big numbers with the Thunder after being traded from the Utah Jazz, averaging 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds while shooting 56.6 percent from the field.
But as mentioned, Kanter’s defense is awful, and Oklahoma City was bad defensively with him on the floor. Injuries didn’t help matters, but he was a terrible defender by any metric. Paying top dollar for a one-way player could turn out to be a mistake, and the Thunder will now have limited flexibility moving forward. Oklahoma City will have a payroll close to $100 million next year and won’t have much cap space in 2016 assuming Kevin Durant re-signs.