Morning sports update: Enes Kanter said he had just 6 minutes to decide on a Trail Blazers contract

"I felt pressured. And I didn't feel comfortable."

Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter before Game 7 of the Blazers-Nuggets series in 2019. –AP Photo/John Leyba

The Celtics signed free agent Enes Kanter to a two-year, $10 million deal. Kanter is a 6-foot-11-inch, 250-pound center, and will have a player option in the second year of his deal.

The Red Sox return to action tonight after getting swept by the Yankees in a disastrous London Series. Boston is in Toronto for a 7:07 p.m. first pitch.

And at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the U.S. women’s national team faces England in the World Cup semifinals.

Did Enes Kanter only get six minutes to decide his future? The Celtics made a free agent move on Monday by agreeing to terms with center Enes Kanter. An interesting subplot in Kanter’s decision-making was that he says he felt pressured to choose too quickly when it came to either staying with his most recent team (the Portland Trail Blazers) or leaving for somewhere else.


At the heart of the matter is a text message Kanter reportedly sent to NBA reporter Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. According to Spears, Kanter claimed he only had six minutes to decide if he would say with Portland:

Kanter subsequently decided to sign with the Celtics. Yet Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard publicly disagreed with his now-former teammate on Twitter:

Lillard’s comment about losing out on two other players “because you’re waiting on one” pertains to Portland’s trade to acquire center Hassan Whiteside from the Heat.

Trivia: Enes Kanter committed to play NCAA basketball before being drafted in the NBA, but was barred from participating because he received more than $33,000 in “impermissible benefits” while playing for Fenerbahce in Turkey. What NCAA school was Kanter committed to?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: The school would lose that year (2011) to UConn in the Final Four.

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