Enes Kanter to Become a Free Agent Next Summer

by October 29, 2014

According to Utah Jazz big man Enes Kanter’s agent, both sides have “mutually agreed” to forego contract extension talks.

Kanter will be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015.

The deadline for NBA rookie extensions for the draft class of 2011 is Friday at midnight ET.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

“We have mutually agreed with Utah to concentrate on the season and look at our options again in the summer,” agent Max Ergul said in a telephone interview. “Enes likes Utah and the organization very much, and now he can concentrate on continuing to grow as a player and helping them win.”


The Jazz are still engaged in discussions with shooting guard Alec Burks, who is also eligible for a rookie extension before Friday night’s deadline.


As a restricted free agent, the Jazz could match an offer sheet and retain Kanter. After failing to agree on an extension with Utah a year ago, Gordon Hayward signed a four-year, $63 million maximum offer sheet with Charlotte in July – only to have Utah match and keep him.