Enes Kanter Rumors

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Enes Kanter
Position: C
Born: 05/20/92
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:261 lbs. / 118.8 kg.
Salary: $0
Alex Kennedy: I’ve heard the Bucks and Celtics have some level of interest in Enes Kanter. With cap rising in 2016, Kanter wants a max or near-max deal. For Bucks and Celtics, other free agents are a priority over Enes Kanter. But there is some interest, especially if they miss on others. Reminder: Enes Kanter is a restricted free agent so the Oklahoma City Thunder can match any offer sheet he receives.
National team coach Ergin Ataman said Kanter was left out of the 20-man initial squad because “he did not apologize” for incidents in the past, while the 23-year-old player, an open supporter of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, claimed the decision was based on his political views. “I wish that the decision and statement on this subject had been a professional one that suited the national team,” Kanter wrote on his Twitter account late on June 23 after the squad was announced. “The reasons presented do not reflect the truth, the reason I was not included in the squad is the values I believe in and my political stance,” he added.
Coach Ataman said the decision was not political. “I wanted to have a close relationship with Enes since I took over the job last year, but could not get any response,” he said after announcing the squad, which includes NBA players Ersan Ilyasova, Ömer Asik and Furkan Aldemir. “He still has not apologized to his teammates for past incidents, but he may be a part of the squad in the future,” Ataman added.
Q: What makes you confident the team can re-sign Enes Kanter this summer, and what did you see in Kyle Singler that makes you interested in bringing him back? Sam Presti: Both players stand to be restricted free agents in their early-to-mid 20’s, and this, in combination with the pending TV money hitting the system in the future made it possible for us to pursue both aggressively in trade while still maintaining confidence that we could continue to build a team around our core in the coming years. Enes is someone we are committed to seeing in a Thunder uniform moving forward. With regards to Singler, finding a player in free agency that can shoot close to 40% from the three point line over the course of a season, embrace various roles, and stand as one of your more fundamental players at 6-9 is unlikely when over the cap and tax. Therefore, we are hopeful we will be able to keep working with him in the future.
At the trade deadline, Boston was linked to impending free agents Reggie Jackson and Enes Kanter. But the Celtics are said to be lukewarm about both young talents. They are not totally sold on Jackson’s worth, and he would not be the best fit on a roster that already includes Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas. As for Kanter, the Celtics are not convinced he would qualify as a major improvement over their young big men, including Tyler Zeller, Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. There is also a fear that Kanter – who clearly had no love for the Utah Jazz – has an inflated sense of self-worth that detracts from his ability to fit into a team concept.
Kicking the can down the road and sticking with the status quo isn’t going to be what ultimately convinces Durant to stay with the Thunder. Being proactive, not reactive, is. Presti showed that mentality this season, dealing two first-round picks in two separate deals to overhaul the roster’s depth while also breaking into the luxury tax. The expectation is they will re-sign Enes Kanter this offseason, only deepening their financial commitment.