The Portland Trail Blazers have picked up former New York Knicks center Enes Kanter in their push toward the playoffs.

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) looks at a video replay during a break in action during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 in New York. The Thunder defeated the Knicks 127-109.
 

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) looks at a video replay during a break in action during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 in New York. The Thunder defeated the Knicks 127-109.  

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ESPN reports that Kanter will join the Blazers for the rest of the season. The Knicks released Kanter last week after failing to find a new home for him before the NBA trade deadline.

Kanter has averaged more than 14 points and 10 rebounds a game in New York this season and is among the league leaders in offensive rebounds. He is not known for his defensive prowess, however.

Kanter is a native of Turkey. He’s been an outspoken critic of the Turkish government. Two years ago, Kanter was briefly detained in Romania after Turkey revoked his passport. He did not travel with the Knicks when they visited London last month over fears for his safety.