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Jazz trade Mehmet Okur to Nets for draft pick

Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:36 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 11:12 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivermehmet-okur

The New Jersey Nets wasted no time plugging the hole created when starting center Brook Lopez went down with a broken foot earlier Thursday.

The Utah Jazz announced in a statement that the team has traded center Mehmet Okur to the Nets in exchange for a future second-round draft pick.
Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that the team has acquired a future second-round draft pick and a trade exception from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for center Mehmet Okur.

Entering his 10th NBA season, Okur (6-11, 265, Yalova, Turkey), appeared in 13 games (no starts) for the Jazz during the 2010-11 campaign, averaging 4.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game. The 2007 NBA All-Star holds career averages of 13.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 617 career games (446 starts) with Detroit and Utah. Okur, who joined the Jazz prior to the 2004-05 season, departs the team ranking fourth on the franchise’s all-time list for three-pointers made (517), fifth for three-pointers attempted (1,358), and ninth in scoring (7,255), rebounding (3,599) and blocked shots (346).

ESPN.com reported that the draft pick is a 2015 second rounder.

A back injury ended Okur's 2010-2011 season in March and he reportedly considered retirement before opting to return to Utah to play out the final year of his contract. Okur is on the books in 2011-2012 for $10.9 million, meaning the Jazz acquire a trade exception for that value in this move.

Okur had been part of a very deep frontcourt in Utah, which also included veteran big man Al Jefferson, power forward Paul Millsap, second-year power forward Derrick Favors and 2011 first round pick Enes Kanter. There clearly weren't enough minutes to go around and Okur, 32, is well past his best days. His departure should open up playing time for Favors and Kanter, who represent Utah's future.

New Jersey, meanwhile, couldn't have a bigger need. With Lopez expected to be sidelined for more than a month, their frontline rotation included the likes of Kris Humphries, Johan Petro and rookie forward Jordan Williams. Good luck with that. Okur isn't a franchise-altering addition by any means but he has a familiarity with All-Star point guard Deron Williams, can knock down a face-up shot, doesn't require a long-term salary commitment and was essentially acquired for no cost other than his salary.
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Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:24 pm
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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:50 am
 

Jazz trade Mehmet Okur to Nets for draft pick

Oh that explains the hate...he's a Redskins fan... 

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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:37 am
 

Jazz trade Mehmet Okur to Nets for draft pick

"With that arena, and the possibility of teaming up Williams with Howard"

You ASSUME the Nets are going to get Howard. Let's say he winds up with the Lakers (which I think is more likely as they have better assets to offer Orlando). Do you still think Deron Williams stays there after this season?? Doubtful, especially considering Dallas will have the $ to bring him home. So no Howard, possibly no Williams, is it really a "destination spot"? Nope. Also, New York is the Knicks town, don't just assume a move to Brooklyn is going to solve all their woes. Until the Nets bring a championship to Brooklyn, they'll always be #2 in NY. Just saying...



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:15 am
 

Jazz trade Mehmet Okur to Nets for draft pick

rollnoles10, not saying that the Nets aren't horrible, but you say they will ALWAYS be horrible? Did you forget they have been to 2 NBA Finals this decade? Once they are in Brooklyn next season, they instantly become a "destination" team that free agents will target. With that arena, and the possibility of teaming up Williams with Howard -- lots to be excited about.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:13 am
 

Jazz trade Mehmet Okur to Nets for draft pick

This move for the Nets does not change anything for the Howard trade.

In fact, I think it could help. If the Magic were to take Okur as part (a small part) of any trade with the Nets, his contract would be off the books after this season. That would leave space to go after any FAs that would be left. Of course, the most desired FA is Howard.

If the Magic were to take, say Lopez, Okur, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams and 2 1st round picks (only for the sake of this statement, ok) for Hedo and Howard, then Okur's salary is more than all the others and helps the Magic stay closer to 90% of the cap. Or whatever is needed to meet min. salary level without long term damage.

Second round picks on the NBA are like peanuts on airplanes. So the cost is low and he could help level salary in trade. And in the short term he can help the Nets by giving Humphries a center that can space the floor.

And maybe the Nets got Okur so Deron Williams could use all the Turkish words he picked up during the lockout? Nah.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:54 am
 

Jazz trade Mehmet Okur to Nets for draft pick

Not a banger but a good pick up for the Nets. Wonder how this aeffects the Howard deal.



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:20 am
 

Jazz trade Mehmet Okur to Nets for draft pick

Okur can play bro!! He was pretty good while in Utah and healthy. The Nets on the other hand will ALWAYS be HORRIBLE!!!
For Gods sake their the Nets!!!! Its wosre then being the Clippers!! And thats SAD! LOL!!!!
They are the Tampa Bucs of the 80s LMAO!




Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:35 am
 

Jazz trade Mehmet Okur to Nets for draft pick

There goes NJ's shot at Howard!



Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Jazz trade Mehmet Okur to Nets for draft pick

Nets



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Jazz trade Mehmet Okur to Nets for draft pick

That is a steal for the Knicks in my opinion. 2nd round pick for Okur is without question.


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