The Portland Trail Blazers will be without center Enes Kanter when they travel to play the Toronto Raptors on Friday due to what is being categorized as “immigration issues.” Blazers beat reporter Casey Holdahl shed some light on the situation after Wednesday’s win against the Boston Celtics:
Enes Kanter (immigration issues) will NOT travel to Canada for Friday’s game vs. Raptors in Toronto.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) February 27, 2019
Enes Kanter says he’s not traveling with the team to Toronto due to the Red Notice the Turkish government has submitted to Interpol soliciting his arrest.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) February 28, 2019
Kanter says he expects his American citizenship will be approved by 2021, but until then, he’s something of a man without country.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) February 28, 2019
Miles Custis here at Blazer’s Edge recently broke down the complex situation Kanter is currently in with his native country of Turkey.