HoopsHype Enes Kanter rumors

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His comments prelude a big summer for he and shooting guard Alec Burks. Both are heading into the fourth and final seasons of their respective rookie contracts. Both are eligible for extensions beginning in July. And if that window of opportunity slides through with nothing accomplished, both will be heading into contract years in 2014 — just like Gordon Hayward was this past season. "It’s definitely something we’ll explore," Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said. "Whether we get a deal done, I don’t know. But we’ll sit down and talk to both of their representatives when the time comes." Salt Lake Tribune

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Mehmet Okur was among the blasts from the Jazz past who returned to Utah to honor Jerry Sloan last week. The retired center hopes to focus on someone else in his next trip to his old NBA stomping grounds. Enes Kanter, have some free time? “I’d like to take him out and talk to him a little bit, see what happens, try to help him a little bit more,” Okur said. “That’s what I’m going to do the next time I come to town.” Deseret News

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Mehmet Okur was among the blasts from the Jazz past who returned to Utah to honor Jerry Sloan last week. The retired center hopes to focus on someone else in his next trip to his old NBA stomping grounds. Enes Kanter, have some free time? “I’d like to take him out and talk to him a little bit, see what happens, try to help him a little bit more,” Okur said. “That’s what I’m going to do the next time I come to town.” Deseret News

Memo sent Kanter a text, telling him he wants to grab a bite to eat the next time he comes to Salt Lake. Kanter said he'd be more than willing to absorb more from Okur, a learning experience that could be similar to his visit to Louisiana to train with Karl Malone last summer. “Learning from a guy like (Okur), it would be really good,” Kanter said. “We both play similar positions, shoot, and I think it would be really good.” Deseret News

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The team was not very good with such an experience gulf, so over the summer they let their veterans walk in favor of committing to a full youth movement. Jefferson, now the Charlotte Bobcats’ starting center, believes it was the right decision for the Jazz to make. “Most definitely, I think Derrick Favors and Enes are going to be big time big men in this league,” Jefferson tells HOOPSWORLD. ”I kind of had a feeling that it really just wouldn’t make any sense basketball wise to sign back me or Paul Millsap back when you have them two young guys coming up. It was still tough to leave them. I felt like they were my little brothers, but it’s part of the business and it was the best decision for everybody.” HoopsWorld

Before squandering a seven-point lead in the final minutes of regulation and losing to the Kings, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin shrugged when asked about Kanter’s play since his ankle injury. "He’s young, he’s playing more minutes [and] he’s playing a different role," Corbin said. "His minutes are more important than in the past [so] we are counting on him to be consistent. … "In the past, he could have a good game and a few games that were not so good. But now, it’s [more] noticeable when he’s not playing a consistent game." After a pause, Corbin added, "He has to understand, in his role; we’re counting on him even more than we have in the past." Salt Lake Tribune

December 3, 2013 Updates

Both Jazz coach Ty Corbin and Rockets coach Kevin McHale have made the decision early in this season to break up their twin-tower starting lineups, letting Derrick Favors and Dwight Howard start their games with Kanter and Asik watching from the bench. The difference so far? Kanter seems to be OK with it. "Whatever Coach gives me," he said. "Come from the bench or the starting five, it doesn’t matter. In the end you still play for the Jazz." Salt Lake Tribune

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Jody Genessy: Jazz C Enes Kanter is ready to go tonight on his sprained ankle. "I talked to the trainer and said I'm going to play." Twitter @DJJazzyJody

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