Enes Freedom has made up his mind about his NBA future

Enes Freedom has made up his mind about his NBA future

At just 30 years old, Enes Freedom (formerly called Enes Kanter) seems to have already said goodbye to the NBA.

Convinced that his political positions (Turkey, China, etc.) “pushed him out”, he has not been seen on the court since February, and his time with the Celtics (3.7 points and 4.6 rebounds on average in 35 games).

An undesirable who assumes

Then the interior was transferred to the Rockets during the trade deadline, before being cut in stride. Since then, it has been dead calm around him, even though he is free of any contract and his qualities as an attacker or rebounder could interest a few teams coming off the bench.

But Enes Freedom is not particularly surprised to find that he has become an undesirable man in the NBA…

The free agency has been open for a month and, normally, I would have already received offers “, he explains about it. ” But this summer, I haven’t received a single one. The reason is that I denounced what happened in China in recent months. The Chinese market represents an important part of the NBA’s business. So she will allow you to talk freely about anything, until it hurts her financially. As soon as you do, she will cut you off. It is sad and unacceptable. »

Despite his 807 NBA games (for 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds on average), Enes Freedom has very little chance of playing there again in the near future. Especially since he has also not helped his case, openly criticizing Adam Silver on several occasions in recent months and dealing with him outright ” of hypocrite”.

What future in basketball?

In addition to having visibly leaked on Fox News, in July, a telephone conversation with the commission of the league, Marc Lasry (owner of the Bucks) and Ron Klempner (lawyer for the players’ union).

I knew there would be a price to pay and I don’t regret my actions “, he adds. ” These things are more important than me, than the NBA and than basketball. While I play in the United States, people are being killed, imprisoned and tortured around the world. If that’s the sacrifice I have to make, then I’m willing to live with it. »

Of course, Enes Freedom could perfectly choose to continue his career outside the United States, he who does not intend to hang up anytime soon. The problem is that the options available to him are rather limited…

I’m 30, I can still play five or six years and I have no intention of retiring “, he recalls first. ” But I can’t go back to Turkey, because it would be a one-way trip for me. You have to keep in mind that I can’t go to Turkey and the Euroleague sponsor is Turkish Airlines. »

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