Enes Kanter Freedom criticized China. Will he play in the NBA again?

Then-Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) high-fives teammates after beating Portland during NBA action in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Kanter, who has played for several NBA teams since then, is having trouble finding a spot on a team.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Former Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter Freedom doesn’t expect to play in the NBA again or in Europe because of his outspoken views on human rights abuses in China and other places around the world.

But the Turkish big man did recently get some calls from the WWE about becoming a professional wrestler.

“I’m not joking,” he said Friday at Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart’s annual security conference in Salt Lake City. Freedom was among several speakers talking about world issues, particularly China.

One of the wrestlers told him he could talk publicly about whatever he wanted except for Saudi Arabia. Freedom said he was told what China is to the NBA, Saudi Arabia is to the WWE.

“It’s too late,” he said. “I already mentioned them.


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Freedom last played in the NBA with the Boston Celtics this past season. He was traded to the Houston Rockets right before the league trade deadline in February. Houston waived a short time later, and he has not heard from any NBA team. At 30 years old, he said he could play another five or six years.

“Free agency is open for one month. Normally, I should have already received offers. This summer I did not receive one single offer,” Freedom told EuroHoops via Google Translate, SB Nation reported this week. “The reason is that I spoke out against what is happening in China in recent months. The Chinese market is a big part of the NBA business. So, they will allow talking freely about anything you want until it hurts them financially. As soon as you do that, they will cut you. It is very sad and unacceptable.”

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Freedom said he can’t play in the EuroLeague because he can’t enter Turkey and Turkish Airlines is a league sponsor.

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