Although he has expressed a desire to play in Washington, Enes Kanter appears to be more interested in going high in the draft. Kanter does not have a workout scheduled for the Wizards, who hold the sixth pick in the NBA draft, but the team remains hopeful that something could come together in the next few weeks – either in Chicago, where Kanter is training at Attack Athletics, or possibly in Washington.
Kanter, the 6-foot-11 Turkish center who missed all of last season at Kentucky because of NCAA eligibility violations, completed his first individual workout with Utah last Friday. He is scheduled to work out for Toronto in Chicago on Monday and will head to Cleveland on Tuesday. He has an individual workout set for Minnesota next week. Kanter spoke with the Wizards three weeks ago and worked out with other draft prospects for NBA executives and scouts at the NBA combine in Chicago. But scheduling a workout with Kanter might require a little creativity.
“Listen, we like Washington. I haven’t heard anything from them,” said Kanter’s agent, Max Ergul. “I guess they know he’s not going to be there at six. So, until they do something about it, it seems like they are not going to give me a call for workout.”
The Wizards have five workouts at Verizon Center tentatively scheduled this week, beginning on Monday, with Baltimore native and Kansas guard Josh Selby headlining. Some other notable prospects are expected to participate on Tuesday, including San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard, Texas swingman Jordan Hamilton, and Maryland center Jordan Williams. Providence shooting guard Marshon Brooks, UCLA combo guard Malcolm Lee and Georgia shooting guard Travis Leslie will visit on Wednesday. Kansas forward Markieff Morris, Duke forward Kyle Singler and Georgia forward Trey Thompkins will participate in the Thursday workout.
With three picks among the top 34, the Wizards have to cast a wide net in the evaluation process. They will send a group to the Adidas Eurocamp, which begins Saturday in Treviso, Italy. Many of the notable international players will not workout, but Czech Republic forward Jan Vesely and Lithuanian forward Donatas Motiejunas are expected to do interviews. Ergul said he doesn’t expect anything to change, as it relates to Kanter working out for Washington, until teams return from Italy.
The Wizards have another workout scheduled on June 14, with Florida State forward Chris Singleton, Kansas forward Marcus Morris, Tennesee forward Tobias Harris and UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt expected to participate.