Thunder's Kanter expected to pick up option

Ashish Mathur

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter signed a four-year, $70 million max deal in 2015, a deal that includes a player option for the 2018-19 season.

According to Thunder reporter

A source with knowledge of the situation told me "I'd be shocked" if Kanter doesn't pick up his player option next year. It's worth > $18M.

— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) August 26, 2017

">Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript, it would be a shock to many in OKC if Kanter doesn't pick up his $18.6 million player option.

In 72 games last year with the Thunder, Kanter was a solid contributor off the bench, posting averages of 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds on 54.5 percent shooting from the field while registering 18 double-doubles.

The low point for Kanter in 2017 was when he fractured his arm after punching a chair. He missed 10 games as a result.

Big things are expected from the Thunder this upcoming season, as the club acquired star forward Paul George from the Indiana Pacers.

George and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook will look to vault the Thunder into the top four in the rugged Western Conference.