Celtics' Enes Kanter Says He's in Talks for WWE Career After NBA Retirement

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2019

Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter said he's held discussions with Triple H and Paul Heyman about a potential WWE career after his retirement from the NBA.

Kanter told TMZ Sports in an interview released Saturday he's planning to play basketball for at least five or six more seasons, but then he's hopeful of making a quick transition to the squared circle.

"I'm ready," he said. "I'm actually already talking to some people."

It's a career change he's been talking about for a while.

In October 2018, he discussed his wrestling ambitions with Michael Pina of Vice and noted he'd already had discussions with WWE at that time.

"I'm actually talking to the people over there now. Vince McMahon, he knows me," Kanter said. "I had dinner with [Heyman] two, three days ago. I asked him how long he's gonna do this, and he said, 'As long as Brock [Lesnar] goes, I go, and then I'm with you.' I'm like 'yes!' Seriously. I'm really serious about it."

The 27-year-old former double-double machine got a taste of the WWE life in September when he captured the WWE 24/7 Championship from R-Truth, only to lose it back a short time later.

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Kanter has the size and athleticism to create a believable wrestling persona, as the center stands 6'10", 250 pounds. He'll need some development time to work on his in-ring abilities before he starts competing with the profession's top wrestlers, though.

For now, he's focused on trying to help the Celtics chase down an NBA championship after signing with Boston as a free agent in July. He's averaged 7.4 points and 5.9 rebounds across 14 appearances.

Kanter and the C's are back in action Monday night to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.