Oklahoma City center/power forward Enes Kanter has been cleared to return to practice but has yet to indicate if he’ll be on the court when the Thunder host the Los Angeles Lakers, in Chesapeake Arena, on Friday night.
Kanter suffered a fracture in his forearm, against the Dallas Mavericks, on January 26th when punching a chair along the OKC bench out of frustration. During his 10-game absence the Thunder has gone 4-6, including three consecutive losses immediately following the injury.
At 6-11/245, Kanter is averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, with an average of nearly twenty-five minutes played per contest. Wednesday and Thursday practices will most likely determine his availability for Friday night’s game but there’s little doubt that Oklahoma City could use him. In two games against the Lakers this season, Kanter has averaged 13 points and nearly six rebounds.
Last July the fifth year veteran signed a new four-year, $70 million contract to remain with the Thunder.