After ending discussions on the possibility of a contract extension with the Utah Jazz, center Enes Kanter plans to enter restricted free agency next summer, his agent told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday.
In this case, restricted free-agency may be best for both sides. The Jazz will want to see what they have this season in Kanter under Quin Snyder. Kanter and his agent obviously believe he's worth more than what the Jazz have offered.
If he thrives in the new system, he could be priced out of Utah next summer, especially he develops the range and ability to stretch the floor.
The other news from that Woj article is that talks with Alec Burks are still ongoing.
UPDATE (Some thoughts from Twitter):
Knock on how bad Kanter was last year all you want, but his career per-36 minute numbers are 16P/10R...someone will pay him good $ for that.— Peter J Novak (@Peter_J_Novak) October 29, 2014
I'm going to disagree with my friend @Peter_J_Novak. Jazz are absolutely right to pass on extending Kanter now, even with Hayward example.— Clark Schmutz (@Clarkpojo) October 29, 2014
PF is most overloaded position in NBA for non-superstars where Kanter sits. Jazz might win this chicken game. Now if Alec shows promise...— Joseph Horner (@JosephHorner) October 29, 2014
Not surprised the Jazz didn't reach an agreement with Enes Kanter, not sure he's proven hes part of the long term outlook of this roster.— Ben Anderson (@BenKFAN) October 29, 2014
Thanks to beat writer Aaron Falk for digging for more details:
Kanter's agent, Max Ergul, mentioned Kanter's potential with a new system/coach and the new TV deal as some factors in their decision.— Aaron Falk (@tribjazz) October 29, 2014
Ergul had high praise for Dennis Lindsey and Quin Snyder, and said Kanter is "very happy with the direction."— Aaron Falk (@tribjazz) October 29, 2014
Everybody is saying the right things right now.