Enes Kanter to join WWE after he retires from basketball

Jamie Hudson
NBC Sports Northwest

During his short stint in Portland, Enes Kanter talked about professional wrestling many times after shootaround and practice. He even joked about what his WWE name would be some day.  

Now, Kanter is letting the world know that he has a plan to join the WWE once he retires from the NBA.

The former Trail Blazers big man told The Athletic's Shams Charania in a recent interview that he has been offered a contract from the WWE.

I'm definitely becoming a WWE wrestler for sure. I actually already have this offers from WWE, but like, I gotta finish my basketball career first. After I'm done, I'm most likely becoming one." -- Former Portland Trail Blazers big man Enes Kanter

At just 27-years-old, Kanter has plenty of time before transitioning to pro wrestling.

Plus, he already has some experience in the WWE world. Last September, Kanter became the WWE 24/7 Champion when he beat R-Truth.

Kanter's interview with The Athletic wasn't just about professional wrestling.

There was some Lillard Time as well.   

The current Boston Celtics center was quick to let Charania know that Damian Lillard's ‘wave' game-winner over Paul George to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games and advance to the Western Conference Semifinals was his favorite NBA moment of all-time.

"Last year's Dame's shot for sure," Kanter said. "That's, like, my favorite moment of my whole basketball career."

Same, Enes. Same. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Fry and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon along with special guest former Portland Trail Blazer Steve Blake.

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