There is a lot of things you can do in six minutes: send a text, eat a Subway sandwich, put on pants, brush your teeth… But when it comes to making an important decision regarding your basketball career, you may need a bit longer.
At least that’s what former Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter said in an alleged text message sent to The Undefeated, first reported by Marc J. Spears of ESPN:
On Monday, July 1, in the heat of Trail Blazers' free agency trades and transactions, the big man who signed with Portland midway through last season was undecided on whether he wanted to continue his career with the Blazers or the contract that he would be receiving.
From the text, Kanter “considered” re-signing with the Blazers but felt rushed and apparently was given only given six minutes to decide. He wasn’t able to contact his family and that was it. The deed was done. Kanter moved on and signed with the Boston Celtics.
But was he really given just six minutes? Jusuf Nurkic chimed in on Twitter, with a simple emoji appearing to question the claim:
But that was just an emoji. Open to interpretation, it could have meant anything. That was until Portland All-Star guard Damian Lillard chimed as well. Lillard claims that Kanter had longer to decide: 39 minutes longer to be exact.
In that amount of time, you can mow the lawn, drive five blocks in Portland rush hour traffic, go grocery shopping…
Sometimes there’s a chance you lose out on two ppl because you’re waiting on one. What I can confirm is that my boy was not given 6 mins lol... he was prob down to 6 mins from the original 45 https://t.co/vDn4cfxVHg— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 1, 2019
I was there. 45 mins ain’t that long either but nobody wana be left empty handed https://t.co/mtvT3jPNqU— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 1, 2019
Lillard was there.
Regardless of which account you believe, the fact remains the same - Enes Kanter is no longer a member of the Trail Blazers.