HoopsHype Enes Kanter rumors

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

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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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As for the weight loss, Kanter said he switched to a diet based primarily on seafood and salads. It raised a natural question with an unnatural answer: What was the 6-foot-11 20-year-old eating before? He broke it down thusly... "First my breakfast: I was eating like six eggs, omelet with six eggs; seven or eight pancakes, with sugar, whipped cream, everything; then a breakfast burrito. That was just my breakfast. Then I came to practice and my lunch was just like pasta, chicken alfredo or whatever, and then a burger and an appetizer. Dessert? No. Dessert was at dinnertime. Dinnertime I ate another burger, a big meal again and a dessert." Salt Lake Tribune

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Enes Kanter: Last night in Chicago. Time to burn it down one more time baby! JK. Tomorrow off to L.A. to work with Kiki Vandeweghe @ 360 Performance. Twitter

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