Celtics' Enes Kanter Has WWE Contract Offer, Plans to Wrestle After NBA Career

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 26: Enes Kanter #11 of the Boston Celtics warms up prior to a game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on February 26, 2020 in Salt Lake City, UT. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2020 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter has a standing offer to join WWE, the veteran big man revealed to Shams Charania of Stadium. 

Kanter said he plans to consider transitioning to pro wrestling once his NBA career ends (starting at 8:30 mark).

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Celtics center @EnesKanter told our NBA Insider @ShamsCharania he has been offered WWE deal and plans to accept after career. Kanter also discussed his public approach with his native Turkey, Russell Westbrook's policy for opponents and more. https://t.co/gOvZhfYGae

He briefly enjoyed a run with WWE's 24/7 Championship when he beat R-Truth in September 2019.

WWE has long sought to include stars from major sports leagues, movies and television shows. It feels as though the company is leaning even more heavily into the strategy in order to court casual fans.

Rob Gronkowski hosted WrestleMania 36 and is the current 24/7 champion. Whatever plans WWE had for Gronk were likely shelved when he returned to the NFL and was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tyson Fury collected $15 million to make a few appearances on Raw and wrestle Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel. That show included Cain Velasquez, whose WWE career appears to be over after one match.

The promotion offering Kanter a contract would be surprising if only because he's not much of a mainstream star. The 27-year-old is a well-known figure among NBA followers, but his on-court exploits are probably unknown to a lot of people who don't watch basketball.

Given his age, retirement should be a long way off for Kanter anyway, rendering much of this discussion moot for the time being.