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Joe Dumars’ presence could get the Detroit Pistons an interview Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter’s agent, Max Ergul, has apparently been selective about granting teams interviews with his client. But a select group of general managers, including Joe Dumars, won’t have a problem sitting down Kanter. Ergul, via Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated:

On a meeting with San Antonio (No. 29): "I think coach [Gregg] Popovich has an opinion that really matters. If [Detroit president of basketball operations] Joe Dumars or Pop calls me or [Lakers general manager] Mitch [Kupchak] and asks for an interview, I’m not going to deny that. They may or may not get him, but I will give them their seniority. They are the guys who earned it. It’s the same thing with Kevin O’Connor."

This is an overlooked advantage of having a respected general manager like Dumars, and it will never show up on a list of transactions. If Dumars meets with Kanter and then passes on him in the draft at least partially as a result of that meeting, you’ll never hear about it.

3 Comments

  • May 24, 201112:09 pm
    by Zeiram

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    Actually this one does not only come with a good reputation but mostly also how long you are with an organization. Most people value stability and for a reason.

  • May 24, 20114:25 pm
    by rob

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    I agree 100% on the respect Joe gets around the league, as well as the other names mentioned. But I do think this is a two-fold scenario.

    I think the main reason the agents are willing to give these guys interviews, and he said it himself, is they have “an opinion that really matters”.

    In other words, what better way to raise your players stock in the minds of the lesser GM’s picking 1 and 2, than to let them hear it from the guys they look up to, how great this player is going to be?

    So, its really a win-win for both sides. I’m not sure they are just going out of their way all because of how much they respect these guys. The agent/player benefits as well, indirectly.

    Still great to here Joe’s name in that short list though. :-)

  • May 24, 20116:26 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    agreed completely. Look at the mess Portland is in.

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