Utah Jazz trade former No. 3 pick Kanter to Oklahoma City

Feb 19, 2015 7:09 PM by Ross Field

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Utah Jazz have traded Enes Kanter to the Oklahoma City Thunder for fellow center Kendrick Perkins.

The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the teams had not announced the move. There likely will be more players and draft picks involved when the trade is finalized.

Kanter, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft, said last week that he wanted to be traded. The Turkish center was unhappy that his minutes had fluctuated in a front-court rotation with Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors and Trevor Booker.

Kanter, 22, is averaging 13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 27.1 minutes this season. He is eligible for restricted free agency after the season.

Perkins is a 12-year veteran in the final year of a five-year deal. He is averaging 4.0 and 5.5 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game.

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