Enes Kanter is officially filthy rich.
After the Portland Trails Blazers signed Kanter to an offer sheet worth $70 million over four years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have matched it:
Oklahoma City has informed Portland it has matched $70M offer sheet for restricted free agent Enes Kanter, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2015
For Thunder, this was an easy decision. OKC offered Kanter in $62M-range, and always planned for possibility of a max offer sheet.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2015
As salary cap rises in 2016-'17, Kanter contract won't cause Thunder to be a luxury tax team -- even if Kevin Durant signed new deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2015
Kanter, who is just 23 years old, averaged 18.7 points and 11 rebounds in 26 games with OKC last season. He was traded midseason from the Utah Jazz, who originally took him third overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
He was a restricted free agent this offseason, which allowed OKC to match any offer made for him. today was the final day the Thunder could match Portland's offer or lose him, but they opted to keep the former Kentucky Wildcat.