Our old friend Pete Thamel is back, this time fresh off a trip to Turkey in which he tried to investigate the eligibility of Enes Kanter. According to his new article tonight, the GM of the Turkish team where Kanter once played is saying that they paid Enes Kanter over $100,000 during his time with the club. That amounts to around $6,500 a month, which doesnt seem like very much and would have included living expenses, meals, etc for 18 months. I will have more on the article in a bit (which includes more evidence of Thamel’s Forde-like obsession with John Calipari), but for now, we do know that the Turkish team did respond to the NCAA on the Kanter investigation.
One important fact to remember….the Turkish team has an INCENTIVE to keep Kanter from being eligible. If they do, they will get a payment from an NBA club who one day signs him. And with that in mind, note that they refused to show Thamel the records of the payment. I of course have no idea what, if anything, was paid, but that is an important point to remember as the media obsession with the story begins.