Jazz rookie center Enes Kanter has returned to the United States and resumed workouts with trainer Tim Grover in Chicago. Grover worked out Kanter last spring during predraft sessions. Utah then selected the Turkey native with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Kanter plans to remain in Chicago for the immediate future, keeping an eye on the progress of the NBA lockout. Contract offers from Chinese professional teams are off the table.
"The China thing, what happened is … Enes' priority is the NBA, as an NBA player," said Max Ergul, Kanter's agent. "Once [China] came up with that rule change — we thought they could've bent it around — it's just not happening. They're very stern; they don't want a player coming and leaving. I'm not going to put my signature on something that might force him to stay there for a whole season."
Kanter will consider signing with a European pro club if a strong offer is presented and the NBA's work stoppage continues.
"It has to be the right team, the right city. … They have to be reputable and with the right coach," Ergul said.
There are no plans for Kanter to be in Salt Lake City anytime soon. That will quickly change, though, if the lockout ends.
The 19-year-old Kanter averaged 9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 59.2 percent from the floor during eight games for Turkey in the 2011 EuroBasket tournament.
"He made NBA people believe that it's not a ghost we've been seeing," Ergul said.
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