Jazz rookie center Enes Kanter has hit the West Coast.
Kanter arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday and played in a pickup game Monday with Minnesota's Ricky Rubio, Indiana's Danny Granger, Chicago's Joakim Noah and Cleveland's Omri Casspi. Boston's Paul Pierce also participated in the session, which featured about 15 NBA players.
Kanter will likely stay in Los Angeles for the remainder of the week, and plans to bounce around the country playing in pickup games as long as the NBA lockout continues.
"I want him to be around NBA players," said Max Ergul, Kanter's agent.
Ergul said that Kanter's recent workouts with Tim Grover in Chicago went well. However, Ergul believes it's important for Kanter to begin competing against and blending in with NBA talent, since the league canceled the preseason and training camp has been postponed.
"He's a young kid ... I want hit to get to know everyone," Ergul said.
Brian T. Smith