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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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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

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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

Enes Kanter scored 13 points with five boards, one assist, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Sunday.

Kanter picked up five fouls in this contest, but the Thunder desperately needed his offense and left him in the game for the most part. Kanter should be busy on the offensive end on Monday vs. the Blazers with Russell Westbrook facing a suspension, so he is a decent target in daily leagues.
Apr 12 - 10:00 PM

Enes Kanter succumbed to OKC's team-wide malaise on Tuesday with nine points, five rebounds and one steal in only 25 minutes vs. the Spurs.

He shot 3-of-9 from the field and failed to take advantage of Tiago Splitter's absence, resulting in his first single-digit scoring effort in over a month. The Thunder as a team shot just 40.5 percent from the field and 53.6 percent at the FT line, but Kanter and co. should bounce back during a must-win matchup vs. Sacramento on Friday.
Apr 7 - 11:21 PM

Enes Kanter went off for 21 points and 17 rebounds during Sunday's loss to OKC, adding five turnovers and a block.

The only gripe we have with Kanter's game is that aside from points and rebounds, his stat lines are generally empty. Still, he's emerged as a primary component to OKC's offense, and is averaging 18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds with the Thunder on 57 percent shooting from the field. Keep rolling him out there.
Apr 5 - 6:38 PM

Enes Kanter went for 24 and 17 with a steal and block in Friday's loss, but hurt his neck and X-rays taken after the game returned negative.

Kanter says he's fine and with the Thunder fighting for their playoff lives it's very likely he continues to play. If for some reason he doesn't though, then Kyle Singler (13 points, four rebounds, two steals, one block) and Mitch McGary (four points, three boards, one steal) would be worth a look.
Apr 4 - 1:21 AM

Enes Kanter scored a career-high 30 points against the Mavs during a 135-131 loss on Wednesday, adding 16 boards, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer on 9-of-13 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line.

Trevor Booker's quote applies here with Kanter getting his stats and taking an L. Still, Kanter is posting some massive stat lines in his last five, averaging 20.0 points, 12.4 boards, 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks on 58.5 percent from the field. He just needs to work on the defensive side of things because OKC had arguably their worst game on D all season.
Apr 2 - 2:46 AM

Enes Kanter said after Saturday's loss to the Jazz that he has no regrets over his comments about his former team.

"No, if I was to take back, I would just say it, right? That’s how I felt and I’m not taking nothing back," Kanter said. "I still care about them, I still care about a few of my teammates." Head coach Scott Brook wasn't happy with Kanter's attitude during the introductions when he seemingly kept egging the crowd on, but Brooks said he would deal with the issue internally. Regardless, Kanter will be eager to move on from this and will look to help the Thunder boost their playoff chances by taking care of business vs. the Suns on Sunday.
Mar 29 - 9:29 AM

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PosRoleName
PG1Russell Westbrook
2D.J. Augustin
3Cameron Payne
SG1Dion Waiters
2Anthony Morrow
3Andre Roberson
SF1Kevin Durant
2Kyle Singler
3Steve Novak
4Perry Jones
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Nick Collison
C1Enes Kanter
2Steven Adams
3Mitch McGary
4Dakari Johnson