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Mehmet Okur
Mehmet Okur
Position: None
Born: 05/26/79
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:248 lbs. / 112.9 kg.
Memo sent Kanter a text, telling him he wants to grab a bite to eat the next time he comes to Salt Lake. Kanter said he’d be more than willing to absorb more from Okur, a learning experience that could be similar to his visit to Louisiana to train with Karl Malone last summer. “Learning from a guy like (Okur), it would be really good,” Kanter said. “We both play similar positions, shoot, and I think it would be really good.”
Mehmet Okur was among the blasts from the Jazz past who returned to Utah to honor Jerry Sloan last week. The retired center hopes to focus on someone else in his next trip to his old NBA stomping grounds. Enes Kanter, have some free time? “I’d like to take him out and talk to him a little bit, see what happens, try to help him a little bit more,” Okur said. “That’s what I’m going to do the next time I come to town.”
Mehmet Okur was among the blasts from the Jazz past who returned to Utah to honor Jerry Sloan last week. The retired center hopes to focus on someone else in his next trip to his old NBA stomping grounds. Enes Kanter, have some free time? “I’d like to take him out and talk to him a little bit, see what happens, try to help him a little bit more,” Okur said. “That’s what I’m going to do the next time I come to town.”
Memo sent Kanter a text, telling him he wants to grab a bite to eat the next time he comes to Salt Lake. Kanter said he’d be more than willing to absorb more from Okur, a learning experience that could be similar to his visit to Louisiana to train with Karl Malone last summer. “Learning from a guy like (Okur), it would be really good,” Kanter said. “We both play similar positions, shoot, and I think it would be really good.”
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Mehmet Okur was among the blasts from the Jazz past who returned to Utah to honor Jerry Sloan last week. The retired center hopes to focus on someone else in his next trip to his old NBA stomping grounds. Enes Kanter, have some free time? “I’d like to take him out and talk to him a little bit, see what happens, try to help him a little bit more,” Okur said. “That’s what I’m going to do the next time I come to town.”
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As for the Nets deal — Pierce for Mehmet Okur and a lottery pick — Marshall said it was a proposal pushed by the Celtics but rejected by New Jersey. “On the other side, the GM for the New Jersey Nets, from what I was told, said, ‘I can’t take Paul Pierce in this deal,’ ” said Marshall. “That deal — at least from the people I talked to with the Nets organization — [was] a move from our side, from the Celtics side, that kind of was pushing that movement along to get Paul Pierce there . . . ” But Marshall said the notion of acquiring a Celtics legend made the Nets uneasy, and they backed off.
He remains optimistic and views Leandro Barbosa‘s late signing with the Boston Celtics and Eddy Curry signing with Dallas just days before the start of the season as hope that he’ll, too, soon find a new home. “Ultimately, I have to stay ready, which I am, as far as in the gym, and stay positive,” Howard said. “I don’t think my career’s over.” Other notable players still looking for a team: Guards: Derek Fisher, Gilbert Arenas (in talks with Chinese team), Baron Davis, Earl Boykins, Mickael Pietrus, Michael Redd, Maurice Evans, Jason Kapono. Forwards/Centers: Kenyon Martin, Shawne Williams, Quentin Richardson, Bobby Simmons, Bill Walker, Jamario Moon, Renaldo Balkman, Ryan Gomes, Troy Murphy, Josh Powell, Derrick Caracter, Ben Wallace, Greg Oden, Sean Williams, Tony Battie, Mehmet Okur.
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According to Turkish newspaper AMK, TBL side Galatasaray Medical Park is interested in signing Mehmet Okur. Veteran big man has not been able to find a club in NBA yet and Galatasaray Medical Park, who were quite active in the transfer market this year is getting ready to make a move for Okur. Minnesota Timberwolves was rumoured to be negotiating with Mehmet Okur but they were not able to reach an agreement as he is not willing to play for veteran’s minimum.
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The bad back, though, hasn’t stopped various playoff teams from calling Okur during the past month. Word reached us this week that both Chicago and Boston, according to sources close to the process, are among the teams that have been holding out hope that the 2007 All-Star could be signed in time to play in the playoffs, only to finally concede that Okur needs more time to heal. The 32-year-old from Turkey will be a free agent in July and intends to come back next season.
Before the Big Three could make it past the trade deadline, Allen-to-the-Grizzlies had to fall apart and discussions on a deal that would have sent Paul Pierce to the New Jersey Nets for an expiring Mehmet Okur contract and a lottery pick never reached completion, league sources said. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge loves the talent in the 2012 NBA draft, but he still gets one more run, one more chance with this group in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Whatever happened, Magic management evidently refused to buy Howard’s abrupt back flip until he signed a document opting in. That’s why, Thursday at noon, three hours before the deadline, Smith and Nets GM Billy King were real close to firming up a trade. No other team was involved. It would’ve been Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Mehmet Okur’s expiring contract and two or three (lottery- unprotected; at least in one case) No. 1 picks for Howard.
New Jersey is engaged in serious discussions with the Portland Trail Blazers on a deal to bring Gerald Wallace to the Nets, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. The deal as currently constituted, sources say, would send the expiring contract of Nets forward Mehmet Okur and either Shawne Williams or Johan Petro — along with a protected future first-round pick — to the Blazers for Wallace.
When Brook Lopez went down with a stress fracture in his right foot, it left the Nets with a gaping hole at center. But for Mehmet Okur, who the Nets acquired to replace him, it was an opportunity to prove he’s ready to be a healthy and productive player again. “I’m happy and excited to be here, and to be able to play with Deron Williams again.” Okur said after practicing with his new teammates for the first time yesterday. “It’s good to be here, a good feeling.”