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Enes Kanter and Steve Novak traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder (Updated)

February 20, 2015
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One. Enes Kanter quietly expresses to the Trib’s Aaron Falk and the Deseret News’ Jody Genessey that he would like to be traded. On the following day, his agent Max Ergul confirms that this happened. (Contrary to some media reports, there was no “public demand” for a trade.)

Two. When the Jazz convene for their first practice after All-Star break, Enes is present. Under NBA rules, he must be made available for post-practice interviews if requested by the media. Falk requests Enes, but the Jazz say no (and will likely face an NBA fine for this.)

Enes, unable to talk to media, walks by the scrum walks and blows a kiss.

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Of course, other players get asked about the situation:

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Three. Adrian Wojnarowski reports:

Jazz management and Kanter’s representative have been working peacefully together on Kanter’s situation, free of acrimony.

Four. The Jazz trade Enes and Steve Novak to the Thunder in return for Kendrick Perkins (will be bought out), rookie Grant Jerrett, rights to Tibor Pleiss (currently Ante Tomic’s backup in Barcelona), a future first-round pick from Oklahoma, and a 2017 second-round pick from Detroit.

It should be noted that Kevin O’Connor would have killed this deal if he were still in charge since it leaked before he could personally announce it.

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Five. Best of luck, Enes! Loved having you on the Jazz and can’t blame you for the frustrations of the last few years. May you tweet freely again at your new home.

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Six. A few hours after the trade, Enes has already begun enjoying freedom from the chains of shackled social media:

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Seven. Quin Snyder on Enes Kanter: You know, I think both Enes and Steve were just really good people, and to have, you know, those guys that — you know, Enes has been here for a few years prior to me, and the contribution that he gave the team and the organization, we’re appreciative of…Enes has gotten better. You know, he just has, and it’s something I think our staff should feel good about. And I think, you know, I think he knows that, and he’s gotten better ’cause he’s worked hard. And he’s applied himself, and I hope that that can — I think he’ll help Oklahoma City for that very reason…We wish him well, and I’ve told him the same thing, and hopefully he’s got a really bright, bright future and career ahead of him.

Snyder on Steve Novak: Steve, for me, was in particular a guy that I felt very strongly about. It’s not easy to be a veteran guy, to come to a really young team, to play very limited minutes, and to maintain, not just a professionalism, but an optimism and a leadership role that really added a lot to our group. I mean, I think some of the progress we’ve made, we don’t make without Steve Novak.

Eight. Enes, asked by OKC media what was the issue in Utah: Uh…I just didn’t see me as a fit there. I just wanted to go to a different team and I’m happy it was OKC. (NewsOK)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2015 9:33 am

    I’ll miss both those guys..

    RIP jazz Enes.
    WB fun Enes?

  2. Paul Johnson permalink
    February 20, 2015 11:17 am

    HUH? Can I pinch myself, wake up from this dream, and realize that it was just a nightmare, and didn’t actually happen in real life?

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