The Portland Trail Blazers have sent Mario Henzonja to the Memphis Grizzlies in a three team deal, also involving the Boston Celtics, and have reacquired center Enes Kanter.
Memphis also received the rights to the 30th pick (Desmond Bane) in the 2020 NBA draft while Boston received a future draft pick from the Grizzlies.
Enes Kanter played for the Blazers back in the 2018-19 season, helping them to the western conference finals without starting center Jusuf Nurkic. Kanter averaged 13 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists a game during his last stent in Portland.
Kanter had the choice between being traded to Memphis or Portland and he chose Portland, tweeting “Home sweet home.”
Mario Hezonja signed last summer by the Blazers had hoped to find new life for his career in Portland after struggling in Orlando and New York. He managed to get some minutes last season on a Portland team plagued with injuries, but couldn’t find consistency. He averaged 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds last season with the Blazers.