PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Center Enes Kanter is returning to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team trade, according to online reports.

Enes Kanter 2019 basketball camp

Enes Kanter at a basketball camp in southeast Portland in 2019 (KPTV file image)

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Blazers are acquiring Kanter from the Boston Celtics in a trade that also involves the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Blazers will reportedly send Mario Hezonja to Memphis as part of the deal.

Kanter signed with the Blazers in February 2019 and helped the team reach the Western Conference Finals that season.

He also quickly became a favorite in the community, including hosting a free basketball camp in southeast Portland as part of a series of camps in 30 states.

Kanter signed with the Celtics as a free agent last off-season.

After the trade was reported, Kanter, who is very active on Twitter, tweeted, “Home Sweet Home” with red and black hearts.

Kanter, a Turkish national who has been outspoken against the Turkish government, received past support from Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who also tweeted Friday in support of Kanter returning to Portland.

The Trail Blazers have not confirmed the trade.

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