Although Enes Kanter exercised his $5 million player option on Thursday, it was always expected that the Celtics would still wind up trading him.
Sure enough, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is now reporting that the Celtics are trading Kanter to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team deal that includes the Memphis Grizzlies as well.
The trade connects to the Celtics and Grizzlies' draft night trade from Wednesday, with the 30th overall pick (Desmond Bane) going from Boston to Memphis, a future draft consideration going from Memphis to Boston, and Mario Hezonjia going from Portland to Memphis.
The Celtics free up a roster spot as well as a nearly $4.8 million trade exception with the move.
Kanter averaged 8.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 16.9 minutes per game in 58 games for the Celtics last season. He previously played for Portland in 2018-19 and seems happy to be going back based on his Twitter account.