HoopsHype Mehmet Okur rumors


December 22, 2011 Updates

The Utah Jazz traded veteran center Mehmet Okur to New Jersey Thursday for a future second-round pick and a trade exception. The Salt Lake Tribune has learned that Okur was completely caught off guard by the deal and is unhappy about it. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Okur played seven seasons with Utah after joining the team during 2004 via free agency. Salt Lake Tribune

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Sources also reiterated to The Tribune the Jazz are not expected to immediately use their amnesty clause on veteran center Mehmet Okur, and said Utah isn't actively pursuing a trade involving Millsap. Salt Lake Tribune

November 29, 2011 Updates

The Jazz are not expected to immediately use the NBA's new amnesty clause on veteran center Mehmet Okur. Okur, 32, played in just 13 games for Utah during 2010-11 and struggled with several injuries. He is in the final year of his contract and is set to make $10.8 million in 2011-12. Salt Lake Tribune

Mehmet Okur is staying in Turkey — for now, at least. "Memo has to wait until the lockout is over," his agent, Marc Fleisher, said. "And his contract (with Telekom Turkey Ankara) says once it ends, he can give them notice to leave." And he will. NBA players are expected to report to camp on Dec. 9, pending ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement. Deseret News

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Then bonuses received by European players such as living quarters, car and/or driver, maids, expenses/utilities paid by the club, etc., may be added. These perks vary from club to club, but we can figure in that amount in addition to salary because NBA teams do not pay for such amenities. The 2.0 multiplier is actually in most cases a conservative estimate as in most cases, it is actually even higher than double in terms of difference between gross and net income. Using these bonuses from particular clubs, applying multipliers, and rounding the figures (as is customary among NBA agents), we get the following as the top 10 NBA salary equivalents in European pro club basketball. 1. Deron Williams – $10.3 million per season NBA salary equivalent. 2. Mehmet Okur – $10 million. 3 (tie). Nenad Krstic – $8.9 million. 3 (tie). Rudy Fernandez – $8.9 million. Ball In Europe

September 20, 2011 Updates

Mehmet Okur officially signed in front of the press his annual contract with NBA out with Turk Telekom Ankara. "The agreement is until the end of the NBA lockout. Of course we hope he can stay for the entire season" said TTAnkara CEO's Gökhan Bozkurt. "I promise I will give my best here as long as I will stay. I was really missing basketball and I am very hungry to play. I am very excited to be here and happy that also my former teammate at Jazz, Deron Williams, is going to play in Turkey" said Okur. Sportando

September 7, 2011 Updates

Agent Marc Fleisher confirmed Wednesday that Jazz center Mehmet Okur has signed with Turkish professional team Turk Telekom Ankara. Okur could join the squad as soon as this weekend, and his contract features an option that will allow him to immediately return to the NBA as soon as the league's lockout ends. "He didn't feel that the option to go play in pick-up games are what he needed," said Fleisher, who stated that Okur is close to 100-percent health and will be insured while playing overseas. "He choose this and it's a good team. He knows the league very well and it's a good opportunity for him to play at a high level. And when the lockout ends, he'll come back and be rearing to go." Salt Lake Tribune

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