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May 6, 2015 Updates

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. Oklahoman

April 29, 2015 Updates

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. Booth Newspapers

April 24, 2015 Updates

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. ESPN.com

April 22, 2015 Updates

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the team announced today. Kanter, who was acquired on Feb. 19 from the Utah Jazz, appeared in 26 games (26 starts) with the Thunder averaging 18.7 points on 56.6 percent shooting from the floor (196-of-346), 11.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 31.1 minutes per game. NBA.com

April 17, 2015 Updates

Trevor Booker who took issue with Kanter’s comments on the organization’s lack of professionalism and made a sarcastic tweet concerning him the night before, didn’t pile on when asked about the change after he left. “The locker room was fine when he was here and it was great after he left,’’ he said. Deseret News

When asked if the chemistry improved after the All-Star break, Derrick Favors said, “I think it was bound to happen either way. We practiced and got better on the defensive end.’’ Then there was Joe Ingles, whose locker was next to Kanter’s. “Enes was a good guy,’’ he said. “We had no issue with him in the locker room or on the court.’’ Deseret News

April 16, 2015 Updates
April 13, 2015 Updates

This offseason, he’ll be a restricted free agent likely to secure $10-plus million on the open market. But the Thunder maintains his rights and can match any offer. OKC’s front office has said it plans on retaining him. Which is fine with Enes. “I hope so,” he said, when asked of his desire to be with the Thunder long term. “It’s an amazing place. I don’t know how to explain it.” Oklahoman

It wasn’t anything against the Jazz organization, but rather the logjam of big men it already had in tow. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap were the established starters. Turkish legend Mehmet Okur was the veteran backup. Derrick Favors, a young talent, had arrived the year before. “They told me to come to Utah for draft practices. I didn’t go to Utah,” he said. “They came to Chicago. And you know how players meet in hotel rooms team to team. I didn’t meet with Utah.” Enes was open about his desire to avoid that situation. He hadn’t played competitive basketball in two years. He couldn’t stomach a third straight season of relative inactiveness. Oklahoman

March 31, 2015 Updates

On the final day of transfers, Kanter moved from his former team, the Utah Jazz, to his new team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. “One of the things I first noticed about OKC Thunder is its professionalism. It is a sense of professionalism that encompasses everything, from the way the team is led to the way the system in general runs,” he said. “You could say I have really found a very comfortable atmosphere here. This team also really has a more successful cadre than what we had on the Jazz. It is a situation that not only makes playing more satisfying, but also allows you to think about building a more successful career. Of course, what we have before us on the horizon is the target of a NBA championship. I don't know if that will happen this year. We have a team that has the potential to do this. Let's just say ‘Inşallah'.” Today's Zaman

“What's more, no one should think, ‘Ah, that Enes Kanter, he's just pursuing fame and fortune, not even one part of his mind is on Turkey these days.' In one sense they are right as Turkey does not lie in just one corner of my mind but right in the middle of my heart. I want everyone out there to know that I am doing my best to see that our flag becomes one which is respected no matter where you go in the world,” he said. “Maybe this was a very long answer, but the topic really bothers me, which is why I wanted to express this all one more time. Let all the basketball lovers reading this know that this year and in future years when I am playing, I will definitely be suiting up in our national team uniform. With pride.” Today's Zaman

March 29, 2015 Updates

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