HoopsHype Enes Kanter rumors

November 14, 2014 Updates

While some took Cleveland guard Dion Waiters to task last week, speculating about why he missed the national anthem before the Cavs-Jazz game, Enes Kanter took a different approach. Kanter, a devout Muslim, took to the Internet to voice his support for a fellow member of his faith. In doing so, the Utah Jazz player promoted unity across national, sports and religious borders. “We (are) all a big family,” Kanter wrote on Twitter. “Doesn't matter what religion you are in or your country or your skin color. We should all respect and love each other.” Deseret News

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After ending discussions on the possibility of a contract extension with the Utah Jazz, center Enes Kanter plans to enter restricted free agency next summer, his agent told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. “We have mutually agreed with Utah to concentrate on the season and look at our options again in the summer,” agent Max Ergul said in a telephone interview. “Enes likes Utah and the organization very much, and now he can concentrate on continuing to grow as a player and helping them win.” Yahoo! Sports

Kanter, 22, the third overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, will assuredly benefit from another full year of development, especially under new coach Quin Snyder. Kanter’s size and skill will make him an intriguing player on the summer market, and several teams told Yahoo Sports they’ll be scouting him closely to gauge his full market value and potential. The Jazz have gathered a fine collection of young frontcourt players, including Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Kanter. Yahoo! Sports

October 19, 2014 Updates

Most NBA players arrive at a career crossroads in Year 3 or 4, and Kanter’s is now. A former No. 3 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, he’s in a contract season. The Jazz are negotiating with him and his camp on an extension. But if one isn’t reached during the next two weeks — and at the moment that seems a bit of a long shot — then Kanter will head into restricted free agency next summer. When asked during training camp, Lindsey said he looks forward to Kanter being a part of the Jazz for years to come. But facts are facts. And if an early agreement isn’t reached, Kanter knows that there will be a significant amount of pressure to play well. Salt Lake Tribune

Enes Kanter has a lot to prove. And he is embracing it. If he’s to be a cornerstone going forward, the time to show it is now. "I know this is a really important season for me," Kanter said. "But I want to get better. I want to see the chemistry of this team get better. It’s a growing process, but I know I’ve got to perform, and I want to do that. I want this team to win." Salt Lake Tribune

October 12, 2014 Updates

Jazz big man Enes Kanter agrees practices are plenty hard, and although he wouldn’t say they’re necessarily harder than last year, they are more focused. “We’re talking and communicating and going 100 percent,’’ Kanter said. “Sometimes you lose focus and it’s normal, but Coach Quin gets on us and says, ‘Hey you’re losing focus.’ (Practice) is pretty hard, but it’s more mental — you have to keep your focus on what we’re doing in here.’’ 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

September 8, 2014 Updates

Enes Kanter, who was voted most valuable player of the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship while leading Turkey's junior national team to the bronze medal, stated that he has always been proud of serving the Turkish National Basketball Team, saying; “I love my county more than those who accuse me of turning my back on it.” Today's Zaman

“Many people on social media have claimed that the national team lost the games because I chose not to join the team. They created this image that I had done this arbitrarily. They even accused me of being a traitor for not playing for Turkey. But those claims are just false. I am in love with my country. I am honored to represent Turkey. I have always tried to be patient with any kind of slander and preferred to act with moderation according to the requirements of my culture. Those who know me also know that I have nothing to hide. I would never betray my country, as some claim.” Today's Zaman

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