Former Utah Jazz Center Enes Kanter Says He Plans To Wrestle In WWE Following NBA Career

May 13, 2020, 1:46 PM
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Enes Kanter #0 of the Utah Jazz holds the ball during their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at EnergySolutions Arena on November 5, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Utah Jazz and current Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter said that he’s been offered a deal to wrestle in WWE and plans to accept the opportunity following his NBA career.

The former Jazzman joined Stadium’s Shams Charania for an interview that was posted via Twitter on Wednesday, May 13. The interview featured a number of topics, including Kanter’s post-NBA career plans.

“I’m definitely becoming a WWE wrestler for sure,” Kanter said. “I already have this offer from WWE but I’ve got to finish my basketball career first. After my career, I’m definitely becoming one.”


Enes Kanter’s NBA Career

Kanter’s NBA career began when he was selected by the Jazz with the No. 3 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

During his time with Utah, Kanter averaged 9.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 0.4 blocks in 20.4 minutes per contest. He appeared in 265 games as a member of the Jazz, including 87 starts.

He played with the Jazz until he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2014-15 season.

Kanter played three seasons with the Thunder. OKC came within a game of reaching the NBA Finals during the center’s time with the franchise.

In 2017, he was traded to the New York Knicks. Kanter played in “The Big Apple” until he was waived midway through the 2018-19 season.

Kanter finished out that season a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.

During the 2019 offseason, the center joined the Boston Celtics on a two-year, $10 million contract.

Kanter, the Celtics, and the rest of the NBA have been on hiatus since the season was paused on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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