Celtics have interest in Knicks buyout candidate Kanter

Free-agent center Enes Kanter is headed to the Blazers after being waived by the Knicks.

New York Knicks big man Enes Kanter had made a solid impression on teams with his ability to get to the basket this season, averaging 14 points a game, and reports say the Boston Celtics would have interest in the 6-foot-11 center should he become available in a buyout scenario.

ESPN’s Ian Begley tweeted out that “Opposing executives believe the Boston Celtics will be among the teams with interest in Enes Kanter if/when the Knicks big man parts ways with NYK.”

The 26-year-old is hitting on 53.6 percent of his shots from the field, 31.8 percent from beyond the arc, grabbing 10.5 rebounds a night and even dishing out 1.9 assists.

Kanter seems well aware the Knicks are thinking lottery and nothing else as their season of woe continues, and said that he will speak to his agent if no deal comes about by the trade deadline.

“I’ll probably speak to [my agent Thursday] and the next day and see what’s going to come up,” Kanter told The New York Post.

“If nothing happens, at the deadline, I’ll go sit down and talk to them and see what’s going on. Because I don’t want to leave on bad terms. This organization gave me so much. I just want to leave on good terms with everybody.”

Kanter has what it takes to be a game changer for the Celtics should they be able to grab him if he can find a way to a buyout, the question now is if it will happen.