Enes Kanter wished to win.
The 27-year-old heart inked a two-year, $10 million contract with the Celtics earlier this month. He mentioned his resolution to go to Boston throughout a latest interview with USA At present’s HoopsHype.
“It’s my ninth year in the league and I understand that, for many people, the money is important,” Kanter stated. “For me, the most important thing is being with a team that you’re really happy on and playing with a team that’s competing for a championship. That was the big thing for me. For everybody else, the money matters (more). For me, the No. 1 thing was winning.”
Kanter started the season with the Knicks however was launched after the commerce deadline. He then signed with the Path Blazers, the place he averaged 13.1 factors and eight.6 rebounds in 23 video games.
Kanter was additionally a dependable scorer within the playoffs for the Path Blazers, who superior to the Western Convention finals earlier than falling to the Warriors in 4 video games.
“When I was with the Knicks, the season wasn’t going the way that I wanted,” Kanter stated. “I wanted to go out there and win. I’m glad that I picked Portland (after being waived). Portland was definitely one of the best stops of my career. It helped me grow into a better player and a better person at the same time.”
The Celtics’ roster underwent a serious overhaul this offseason. They misplaced Kyrie Irving (Nets), Al Horford (76ers) and Marcus Morris (Knicks) in free company however signed star Kemba Walker away from the Hornets, along with Kanter.
“The reason I went (to Boston) is for a championship,” Kanter stated. “I feel like the team is really young and willing to learn and we have an amazing group of guys. I feel like we can beat any team on any floor. All we have to do is just be good friends and stay together. … It’s definitely going to be a very, very exciting season.”
The Celtics entered final season because the favorites to win the East however completed with a 49-33 report and had been eradicated by the Bucks in 5 video games within the convention semifinals.