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Enes Kanter Undergoes Knee Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder big man Enes Kanter has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks, the team announced Wednesday morning.

The Thunder acquired Kanter from the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline. The youngster was very productive, averaging 18.7 points and 11.1 rebounds while shooting 56.6 percent from the field.

However, Kanter was a disaster on the defensive end, and Oklahoma City’s problems on defense were a big reason why they missed the playoffs with both Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka sidelined.

Kanter is set to be a restricted free agent this summer, so the Thunder have a decision to make regarding his future with the team. Because of his youth and skill set, some team is sure to make a big contract offer despite his defensive deficiencies, and Oklahoma City will have to decide what type of money they want to shell out for a guy who may never be more than a one-way player.

The Thunder could view Ibaka as the perfect frontcourt partner for Kanter because of his ability to cover up mistakes on the defensive end, although the pairing struggled on defense in their limited time together before Ibaka went on the shelf with a knee injury that also required surgery. That was a small sample size, though, and Oklahoma City may want to give it a longer look.

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