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Nets trade for Mehmet Okur to fill in for injured Lopez

Dec 22, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

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The Nets have landed a player Deron Williams is familiar with.

New Jersey traded for Mehmet Okur, bringing in the Turkish big man to fill in for the injured Brook Lopez. The Jazz get a second round pick and a trade exception out of the deal — and they get $10.9 million off the books.

Williams and Okur played together in Utah and ran a pretty good pick-and-pop when Okur was healthy. Last season Okur played just 13 games after recovering from an Achilles injury, but he did play during the lockout in his native Turkey and looked good according to reports.

Okur is fully healthy and was looking for a bounce-back year, closer to his 2007 All-Star year. He had impressed Jazz officials so far in camp, which is probably part of the reason he got traded. Okur gave the Jazz 17 points a game back in 2009 and is a career 37.7 percent shooter from three. He can stretch the floor, and while he isn’t a great rebounder neither is Lopez.

Enes Kanter, come on down, you’re the next contestant on “Jazz’s favorite big man.” The Turkish rookie is going to get a lot more run.

Okur is not the polished offensive player that Lopez is now (and he’s nine years older) but he’s a good gamble for a Nets team suddenly desperate to replace size and scoring on the roster. Okur

  1. allball23 - Dec 22, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    The nets must have a good relationship with the jazz they are doing these trades very quick without any rumors being heard about. good pick up for the nets

  2. heatjake - Dec 22, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    And they have AK47 don’t they? Brooklyn Jazz

  3. bigtganks - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    So what does this mean when dwill wants to leave Utah and then the nets sign his teammates after he arrives in nj?

    Was it Utah? Sloan? The jazz org? Or the talent around him?

    • bparmalee - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:38 AM

      I am guessing it was Utah 1st and Sloan 2nd. I mean there isnt a ton for a young rich athlete to do in Salt Lake City. The whole city shuts down early and NBA players (because of their schedule) run on a late clock. Utah has to get certain kinds of players for it to work (like Malone who loved privacy and the outdoors).

  4. silverbuffalo - Dec 23, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    He will be miss but I think this is a good move for everyone.

  5. cluelessdufus - Dec 25, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    this isn’t the kind of huge addition you would hope to see but he dangerous from outside he not a completely skilled rebounder like most centers but his outside shooting makes it hard for the center to play on ball defense from the perimeter so this guy will damage teams and will give teams second chances whiches why he isn’t a starter

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