TNT's David Aldridge first reported Thursday afternoon that Portland would prepare an offer sheet for Kanter, a restricted free agent. Wojnarowski reported shortly afterward that Kanter was in Portland, preparing to sign it. He adds that OKC has until Sunday July 12 to match
The offer sheet is also anticipated to include a trade kicker, Wojnarowski reports.
The Blazers have a significant amount of cap room after the free-agent departures of LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez. Kanter, 23, is one of the top remaining big men on the market. He averaged 15.9 points and 8.9 rebounds last season with the Thunder and Utah Jazz.
As Grantland's Zach Lowe notes, retaining Kanter on a max contract would be a significant investment for the Thunder, and involve them going well over the salary cap. Oklahoma City acquired the forward in a trade-deadline deal with the Jazz and Detroit Pistons that saw them give up point guard Reggie Jackson as well as a 2017 first-round pick. OKC and Kanter have reportedly been discussing a long-term deal.
Terms of the deal have yet to be reported. Oklahoma City holds the power to match any offer for the big man.
- Jeremy Woo