Enes Kanter ran through a series of drills on Friday with Wizards Coach Flip Saunders for more than an hour at Tim Grover’s Attack Athletics gym in Chicago. Afterward, Kanter met with Saunders, Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld and other members of the basketball operations staff. Kanter’s agent, Max Ergul, said that the Wizards spent a lot of time getting to know his client and asked questions about his family and personal interests.
Kanter, a 6-foot-11 big man from Turkey, would love to play in Washington with John Wall, but he is pushing hard to be among the top five picks in the draft. He worked out with Minnesota on Thursday and has already arranged a second meeting on Monday with Cleveland -- which holds both the No. 1 pick and fourth overall selection in the June 23 draft. Kanter is also expected to meet with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.
Although some recent mock drafts have Kanter sliding down to Washington at sixth, Ergul isn’t confident that Kanter will be around that long. “If I had to put my money on it, I would put my money on it,” Ergul said. “My guy is the best there is, in my opinion. But who cares? My opinion really doesn’t matter.”
The Wizards will be in New Jersey on Sunday to watch forward Jan Vesely of Czech Republic. Vesely, an athletic 6-foot-11 swingman, is expected to arrive from Serbia late Friday night. He originally didn’t intend to work out for NBA teams before the draft, but his representatives changed that approach with teams reluctant to invest a top-10 pick without getting to know the player.
Washington, Cleveland, Toronto and Sacramento are expected to be in attendance for Vesely’s workout, with Detroit scheduled to interview him the night before, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Utah is also interested in Vesely, but had a chance to meet with him in Serbia last week.
The Wizards will have a workout on Monday with Richmond point guard Kevin Anderson, Iowa State guard Diante Garrett, Demonte Harper of Morehead State, Frank Hassell of Old Dominion, IUPUI guard Leroy Nobles and Old Westbury center Lester Prosper.