Report: Enes Kanter available in trade, but Utah’s asking price remains high

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Jazz big man Enes Kanter reportedly wants to be traded before Thursday’s Feb. 19 deadline, but it’s unclear as to exactly the reasons why.

Kanter has started in 48 of his 49 appearances this season, and his minutes per game average is up slightly over that of last year. And, a cursory check of his game log doesn’t show a reduced on-court role, despite the emergence of Rudy Gobert as an improving force down low, especially on the defensive end of the floor where Kanter has at times struggled.

Still, Kanter wants out. But the offers are low to this point because that fact is known, and the Jazz aren’t exactly looking to give away an asset like that for less than market value.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Executives say Utah has significant threshold for Enes Kanter deal – including young player, 1st rounder, etc – but several teams pursuing.

Kanter will be a restricted free agent this summer, which may further limit the offers teams come up with to try to trade for him sooner.

There’s simply no reason to give up assets for a player you could simply overpay for a little, and likely land when the season is finished. Even if a contender wanted to try to fortify its roster by adding Kanter for a run through the postseason, those types of teams typically don’t have the combination of assets available that would be necessary to pry him loose.