Despite his trade demand last week, the Utah Jazz are not looking to deal center Enes Kanter before Thursday's deadline, but they are listening to offers. After he did not play in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to the Mavericks, Kanter said he wanted to be traded.
After he did not play in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to the Mavericks, Kanter said he wanted to be traded. Earlier on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported the Jazz would only trade Kanter if they received a first-round pick and a young player in return.
Kanter, 22, was the No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft and is averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 49.1 percent in 27.1 minutes this season. He will be a restricted free agent this summer.
Kanter has split time in Utah's frontcourt with Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Trevor Booker. Gobert, in particular, has earned more playing time during his second season with the Jazz. He has averaged 8.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 26.9 minutes since New Year's.
The Jazz are 19-34 and the No. 12 seed in the Western Conference. They are 9.5 games behind the Phoenix Suns for the final playoff spot.
- Paul Palladino