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Report: Okur may leave NBA, sign in native Turkey

Jun 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Mehmet Okur AP

Mehmet Okur, the oft-injured veteran big man who was traded from the Nets to the Trail Blazers last deadline but was waived by Portland before he ever set foot on the court, may be leaving the NBA.

Okur, a free agent, may return to play in his native Turkey, tweets David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz.

Reports out of the Turkish media that Mehmet Okur might return to Turkey and sign with Fenerbahce Ulker

Okur, the former All-Star big man with the Jazz, has played just 30 games total over the past two seasons due to a bad back. At age 33 any NBA offers he gets will be for the league minimum, but for the Istanbul-based Fenerbahce Ulker he would still be a huge draw (and the fewer games per week with less travel might suit his body better). Nothing definitive, but something to watch.

  1. sackofrice - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    sadly nobody cares.

    • yankeehatersaredelusional - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      i’m sure plenty more people care about this than the number of people that care about you

      • sackofrice - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:10 AM

        i think youre right.

  2. jmclarkent - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    I’d take him back on the Jazz in a heartbeat for the league minimum. I don’t expect he will get much more than garbage time game-wise, but he is a professional who can help make Kanter more comfortable.

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