Enes Kanter claims he signed with the Celtics over returning to the Blazers because he was only given six minutes to decide whether or not to re-sign with Portland. The big man claims he felt pressured to make a decision so he told them no.
New Celtics center Enes Kanter via text to @TheUndefeated on why he didn’t return to Portland. pic.twitter.com/kznF6CUmbU
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 1, 2019
The face of the franchise, Damian Lillard, was asked what was wrong with the Blazers front office for only giving Kanter six minutes to decide if he wanted to return. He confirmed that Kanter was not given just six minutes to make his decision.
Sometimes there’s a chance you lose out on two ppl because you’re waiting on one. What I can confirm is that my boy was not given 6 mins lol… he was prob down to 6 mins from the original 45 https://t.co/vDn4cfxVHg
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 1, 2019
It seems more reasonable that Kanter was given 45 minutes to make a decision, but still hadn’t provided one by the time there was six minutes left. Lillard also makes a good point about missing out on other players waiting for the decision of one.
On top of that, Kanter had months to figure out if he wanted to return to Portland if offered the opportunity to do so. This is on him.
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