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Enes Kanter | Center/Forward

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/20/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 245
College: Kentucky
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Thunder re-sign F/C Enes Kanter to a four-year, $70 million contract.
"We traded for Enes last season with the intention of keeping him as a member of the Thunder for several years to come, and we are excited that he will continue with us," said Thunder GM Sam Presti. "He adds valuable depth to our roster, diversity to our frontcourt and the dimension that he brings offensively will positively impact our team." Kanter's defense will have to improve dramatically for doubters to buy into his inflated stock and fantasy owners need to consider that Kanter's damage in OKC came without Kevin Durant (foot) on the floor. Jul 13 - 9:40 AM
Source: NBA.com

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The Thunder have reportedly matched Portland's offer for Enes Kanter, and will sign him to a four-year, $70 million deal.

Kanter is actually a nice fit in OKC, and despite his lack of defense, he should be able to crank out some low-end, mid-round value as a nightly double-double threat for the Thunder. With Kanter in town, Steven Adams and Mitch McGary will struggled to find enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. It's also important to note, that as the salary cap rises, Kanter's lucrative deal won't force the Thunder to pay the luxury tax in 2016, even if/when Kevin Durant signs his max-deal.
Jul 12 - 8:44 PM

The Thunder are still expected to match Enes Kanter's four-year, $70 million offer sheet from the Blazers.

GM Sam Presti has said all along that he would match any offer Kanter received, and owner Clay Bennett is apparently read to back up that claim with a truckload of cash. Kanter was a third-round fantasy value after the All-Star break, despite a lack of defensive stats, and owners who miss out on an elite big man shouldn't sleep on him after the early rounds.
Jul 12 - 3:03 PM

OKC GM Sam Presti implied that the Thunder will match Portland's four-year, max offer for Enes Kanter.

"We haven't received the offer sheet as of yet," said Presti regarding Kanter's offer sheet from Portland. "But our intention has been to match offers on Enes and nothing has changed in this regard." It's important to note that a lot of what OKC does over the next year will all be in an effort to keep Kevin Durant happy (he'll be an unrestricted free agent in 2016), and prove to him that their focus is on winning and not cost-saving maneuvers. OKC has three days, but it sounds like they're going to match.
Jul 9 - 5:07 PM

The Trail Blazers have reportedly offered Enes Kanter a four-year, max deal worth approximately $70 million with a player option on the final year.

The Thunder now have three days to decide if they will match that offer, and if they do, they could be looking at paying a hefty $26 million luxury tax bill for the 2015-16 season. If OKC decides to let Kanter walk, Steven Adams would return to the starting center role with the Thunder, and Ed Davis' fantasy value in Portland would take a sizable hit.
Jul 9 - 4:07 PM

Enes Kanter is reportedly in Portland and is preparing to sign an offer sheet with the Blazers.

Kanter is a restricted free agent, so the Thunder will have three days to match whatever offer he signs with the Trail Blazers. OKC has said all along that they will make re-signing Kanter a priority, but if Portland comes out with a big offer, OKC may be reluctant to match for a player that plays zero defense. This will be an interesting situation to watch play out, but if Kanter lands in Portland, Ed Davis' value would take a major hit.
Jul 9 - 3:26 PM

The Knicks are considering making an offer to restricted free agent Enes Kanter, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

The Knicks may be barking up the wrong tree here as the Thunder are reportedly prepared to match any offer that Kanter gets, but they don't have much choice after missing out on Greg Monroe and presumably LaMarcus Aldridge. We'll keep this situation updated as more information becomes available, but Knicks fans shouldn't get too excited over this news.
Jul 2 - 11:55 AM

The Blazers are "monitoring" restricted free agent Enes Kanter, who is already scheduled to meet with the Thunder.

OKC is reportedly prepared to offer Kanter a 3-4 year deal approaching max money, so there's a good chance he'll be re-signed without the Thunder needing to match another team's offer. The Blazers' interest in Kanter may simply be due diligence, but it could also be a sign that they're not confident Robin Lopez will stay in Portland.
Jul 1 - 2:05 AM

The Thunder will reportedly meet with Enes Kanter in Chicago on July 1, and are set to offer him a 3-4 year deal that could reach maximum-level money with incentives.

OKC is very high on Kanter, and they've said all along that they will make re-signing him as a restricted free agent a priority this offseason. Kanter had a nice run with the Thunder during the 2014-15 season, putting in averages of 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. The Mavs will reportedly pursue Kanter, but most signs point to him returning to OKC next season.
Source: Real GM
Jun 30 - 2:51 PM

Thunder extend a qualifying contract offer to F/C Enes Kanter, making him a restricted free agent.

Despite not being able to play any defense at all, the Thunder have prioritized Kanter's return after acquiring him in a trade at the deadline. It would be a surprise if the team let him walk as a restricted free agent.
Jun 29 - 1:53 PM

The Bucks have reportedly expressed interest in soon-to-be restricted free agent Enes Kanter.

Milwaukee is looking to add a big man via free agency, and they have also been linked to DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler, and Brook Lopez. Kanter had a very nice season once he was traded to the Thunder, compiling averages of 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely be a cheaper option than any of the other aforementioned bigs during free agency, but the Thunder have said they will make resigning Kanter a priority this offseason, so it'll be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Jun 26 - 1:48 PM

Enes Kanter is reportedly being barred from Turkey's national team this summer for "political reasons."

One translation of Kanter's statement suggests that he was kept off the team due to his support of "democratic values," and his exclusion may possibly stem from criticism of Turkey's president Recep Erdogan. "I was ready to work for our nation," Kanter said. "Despite the administrative decisions of our national team, I support my friends with all my heart." It's a disappointing situation for Kanter and NBA fans around the world.
Source: CNN Turkey
Jun 23 - 7:36 PM

Thunder general manager Sam Presti confirmed that re-signing Enes Kanter will be a priority this summer.

Kanter was solid for OKC since arriving in a trade with Utah, and he was forced into a huge offensive role down the stretch with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka on the shelf. Kanter will be a tough player to own in standard leagues next season if the Thunder are at full strength, and his lack of defensive stats will really limit his upside. Kanter recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, but he will be ready to go for training camp and we will continue to monitor his progress closely.
Source: Oklahoman
May 6 - 1:24 PM

Enes Kanter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will miss the next 4-6 weeks of basketball activities.

To be clear, it is a minor procedure and Kanter is fully expected to be ready for training camp. He will be a restricted free agent this summer, but all signs point to him remaining in Oklahoma City. Injuries to Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka allowed Kanter to have a lot more responsibility on offense to close out the season, but his value won't be too high when the Thunder are at full strength. Kanter's lack of defensive stats and poor passing vision will continue to cap his upside in fantasy leagues.
Apr 22 - 10:22 AM

Enes Kanter really wants to return to the Thunder in free agency this offseason.

"It’s an amazing place. I don’t know how to explain it," Kanter said. The big man has done nothing but gushed about OKC since arriving from Utah, a situation which he expressed a clear desire to leave. As an interesting non sequitur, Kanter also said that his English has been tremendously improved by watching SpongeBob and is described as a "huge fan" of the show. It's easy to forget these kids are truly still kids sometimes.
Source: Oklahoman
Apr 13 - 12:05 PM

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SF1Kevin Durant
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3Steve Novak
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PF1Serge Ibaka
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C1Enes Kanter
2Steven Adams
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