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Report: Bucks interested in Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter

Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, center, is defended by Milwaukee Bucks forward Johnny O’Bryant and Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)


Enes Kanter wants to be traded, and the Jazz are open to dealing him.

But it takes a second team to tango.

Enter the Bucks.

Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick of USA Today:

The Milwaukee Bucks are known to be among the teams that have interest, in part because coach Jason Kidd has had a front-row seat to some of Kanter’s best games in the past two seasons.

Kanter had 23 points and 16 rebounds against Milwaukee this season and 18 and 10 and 21 and 8 against Kidd’s Nets last season. But a tiny three-game sample is an awful reason to trade for someone.

Of course, the Bucks have good reasons to trade for Kanter, too. Progressing toward a buyout with Larry Sanders, they could use a center to build with. Milwaukee has a lot of solid assets to pitch Utah, and Kanter could fit well in the young core growing up together in Milwaukee.

It still seems unlikely the Jazz trade Kanter, but on a surface level, the Bucks definitely make sense as a team that could make a deal happen.