HoopsHype Enes Kanter rumors

March 29, 2013 Updates

Kanter was examined by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on his left shoulder on Thursday. The MRI test confirmed a dislocation of his left shoulder. Kanter did not travel with the team for Friday night’s game at Portland and will remain out indefinitely. He will continue to be re-evaluated and updates on his status will be provided as new information becomes available. NBA.com

March 28, 2013 Updates

Enes Kanter's shoulder injury was nasty. The big man went down in the second quarter when he and Hamed Haddadi both dove after a loose ball. The play resulted in a jump ball and Kanter's most serious injury since he joined the team last season. You wouldn't know that his season could be in jeopardy from the way he behaved after the game. He'll have an MRI on Thursday, but at night, he wore his left arm in a sling and was draped in a sweater. His jeans hung low on his hips, his abs were exposed. He smiled and joked. "Right now," he said, "I'm all right." Salt Lake Tribune

When one reporter said that girls love taking care of injured guys, Kanter said they had "already texted me." The guy is as much of a character as I've ever covered. He walks an enjoyable balance between the absurd (Kyrylo Fesenko, anyone? Anyone) but backs it up with a stunning work ethic. Salt Lake Tribune

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Enes Kanter sat out Friday's game because of the sprained right ankle he suffered Wednesday night against Minnesota. As such, it was no surprise to see him soaking his foot in a tub before tipoff. The contents of his bucket were surprising. The big plastic tub contained some ice, some cold water and some soggy popcorn. Popcorn!? Deseret News

A smiling Kanter's explanation: Tinsley supposedly told him popcorn has special healing powers. Tinsley joked back that Kanter acts like he was born in a barn. It was natural to put some corn in that particular trough, right? Deseret News

December 24, 2012 Updates

The Jazz view themselves as a playoff contender, and as long as that remains the case dealing a player like Millsap or even Jefferson remains a low-priority items, according to sources. Of the two, Millsap seems to be the easiest player to trade, mainly because Jazz reserve Derrick Favors is clearly ready to play a bigger role. Moving Al Jefferson is a bit of a different story because his back up, Enes Kanter, isn’t nearly as evolved. Several of the Jazz players that spoke with HOOPSWORLD said they believed Favors was clearly ready for a bigger role, although Kanter, while having shown flashes of ability this season, still has more work to do, especially on his body. HoopsWorld

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If you have to deal Harden in exchange for financial breathing room, the dream scenario is to land a sure-thing player in the beginning stages of his rookie deal. A big man trumps a guard. Presti likely started with Anthony Davis before mulling over names like Klay Thompson, Utah's young bigs (Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter), Bradley Beal, Jonas Valanciunas (with Jose Calderon's expiring deal), and maybe one or two others before landing on Houston.1 Thompson would have been an especially nice fit. It's not hard to argue the Thunder could survive the loss of Harden if in return they received an elite shooter capable of some ballhandling duties and at least average defense on the wing. Subtract Harden, and the Thunder don't have much outside shooting on the floor at once; spacing can become an issue for them. Grantland

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Jefferson’s relationship with Kanter, the Jazz top pick in the 2011 draft, is generally known to be that of a teasing big brother, chiding him for child-like bursts and keeping him in line as a rookie last season. But Jefferson has also emerged as a patient counselor, working with Kanter on post moves with one commonly repeated direction: "Do what I do." The pair worked on that baseline jump shot in the pregame warm-ups of Saturday’s game, and when the player Jefferson calls "my young fella" followed through, Jefferson said he felt like a "proud father." The results have been undeniable. In the preseason, Kanter is averaging 11 points and 9.5 rebounds through six games, up from 4.6 and 4.2 a year ago. Kanter gives the credit to Jefferson. "He’s always trying to help me about anything," Kanter said, "about basketball or life. He says, ‘If you have any problems with anything, not just basketball, you can always come talk to me.’" Salt Lake Tribune

October 16, 2012 Updates

Bill Oram: Al Jefferson was working closely with Enes Kanter today in practice. Heard him say, "Do what I do," to his protege. You hear guys talk about taking young players under their wing all the time, but rarely do you see it in action. Twitter @tribjazz

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