Parallel to ongoing talks over trading Reggie Jackson to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez, the Oklahoma City Thunder have also discussed the possibility of adding Enes Kanter from the Utah Jazz.
Sources: OKC hasn't committed to Lopez deal, and there's still another center that they've had talks about acquiring: Utah's Enes Kanter.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2015
It seems that Lopez remains the Thunder's primary target, however:
Nevertheless, there's still strong belief that OKC will complete the deal with Nets. Decision looming soon.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2015
No word on which player(s) the Thunder would send to the Jazz in event of a Kanter trade, but the Jazz have been known to have a high asking price for the former third overall pick. They may also have their eyes on Jackson, with little in the way of draft pick compensation to be squeezed from the Thunder.
Kanter, whose rookie contract expires this summer, has averaged 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in 49 games this season as the Jazz's starting center. He's not unlike a poor man's Lopez, with an expanding offensive game and soft touch down low, but leaves much to be desired defensively.