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  1. Mehmet Okur announces his retirement from basketball

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    Mehmet Okur, the Turkish big man with a soft outside shot but who also could bang inside, has announced his retirement after 10 seasons in the NBA (the last couple marred by injuries). Sportando had the story from NTV Spor in Turkey. Mehmet Okur announced his retire from basketball at 33….Okur decided to retire because…

  2. Real Madrid calls, then hangs up phone on Mehmet Okur

    Sep 10, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    Mehmet Okur is still out there as a free agent. He could play a role as a big off the bench for a minimum salary, but the Timberwolves, Nets and others have passed. You would think at this point Okur would fit better in Europe, but according to a tweet from Spanish basketball writer Paco…

  3. Report: Minnesota shopping guard to free up money for big

    Aug 29, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Ridnour_Wolves

    We were talking with you earlier today about how the Minnesota Timberwolves want to sign one more big man, but they are limited. They would like to bring back Anthony Tolliver but he wants more than the veteran minimum. And Minnesota can’t offer more than that right now. But they are looking into ways to…

  4. Blatche, Whiteside, Tolliver in mix for Timberwolves roster

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

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    Minnesota has one roster spot left to use and they want to give it to a big man. Specifically, a big man willing to take a minimum contract. Which is why a Timberwolves scout was watching Hassan Whiteside and Andray Blatche work out in Houston, something reported by ESPN 1500 out of Minnesota. Both of…

  5. Minnesota might round out its roster with… Mehmet Okur? Nah.

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    The Timberwolves have a pretty set front line — Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic will start, with Andrei Kirilenko and Greg Stiemsma behind them. And you can throw Dante Cunningham in the mix if you want. They may want one more big to round out the roster… but Mehmet Okur? That’s the rumor from Darren…

  6. Berri’s 10 most overpaid players list has hits, misses

    Jun 18, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

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    It’s a fun mental exercise to make us feel smarter than GMs — who are the 10 most overpaid players in the NBA? Dave Berri — the co-author of The Wages of Wins and the economics professor who has consulted with NBA teams — came up with a list for CNBC that got a lot…

  7. Report: Okur may leave NBA, sign in native Turkey

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    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…

  8. Report: Boston almost traded Allen, Pierce at deadline

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    Since the All-Star break, the Celtics have been one of the best teams in basketball. It has been an amazing story — Kevin Garnett goes to the five, he and Rajon Rondo are beasts on the pick-and-roll, Avery Bradley emerges, Boston’s defense returns to legendary status and they are 21-9. Boston will win the Atlantic…

  9. Monday And-1 links: Lowry returns, Pietrus getting closer

    Apr 9, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Kyle Lowry

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • After missing 15 games with a bacterial infection, Kyle Lowry was back in…

  10. Report: Kyrylo Fesenko to sign with Pacers for rest of season

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

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    With backup big man — and fan favorite — Jeff Foster forced to retire due to ongoing back issues, the Indiana Pacers are in the market for a big man. (But who isn’t in the NBA?) Enter Kyrylo Fesenko. The former Jazz backup big will sign in Indiana for the rest of the season, according…

  11. Friday And-1 links: Did Wade mock Dwight Howard’s loyalty?

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Was Dwyane Wade mocking Dwight Howard’s loyalty to the Magic? Kind of looks that way to me. Rudy Gay has cleared the league concussion protocols…

  12. Recapping a crazy day in Portland, where the Blazers began to clean house

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    This year’s Portland Trail Blazers campaign, to this point, has gone as badly as possible. Just before the NBA’s trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, the team began the process of doing something about it. A flurry of activity went down in Portland today, and much of it set the team up…

  13. PBT’s constantly updated trade deadline tracker

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    Here it is — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. With our thoughts on everything. This post will be constantly updated throughout the day as the newest information becomes available. Just hit refresh and you will know the latest. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Eastern (all…

  14. With Dwight Howard off the market, Nets trade for Gerald Wallace

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Trail Blazers Wallace celebrates against Mavericks during NBA playoff game in Portland, Oregon.

    The Nets had their hearts set on seeing Dwight Howard playing for them — either beginning this season by acquiring him via trade, or starting next year after signing as a free agent. New Jersey was widely reported as the team at the top of Howard’s list of where he wanted to play if he…

  15. Tuesday And-1 links: Judge tells Allen Iverson to pay up

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). A judge has reached into Allen Iverson’s bank account to pay a jewelry store where Iverson bought more than $300,000 in bling but never paid…

  16. Wednesday And-1 links: Who do you think is the MVP?

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). I said yesterday that right now LeBron James is my MVP choice, who would you pick? We’re taking votes here at NBCSports.com. Baron Davis would…

  17. Deron Williams, Kris Humphries out for Nets vs. Celtics

    Jan 4, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    We knew it was going to be a few more days before fans could get back to booing Kris Humphries due to a sprained shoulder, but now another key Nets player will be out Wednesday against Boston. Deron Williams will sit out the game due to sore ribs, reports Stefan Bondy at the New York…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks fall, Heat race into top spot

    Dec 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Only one third of the teams in the NBA have played a game, but it was enough to move some teams around and give us a new No. 1. 1. Heat (1-0, last week ranked No. 2). They had 100 possessions in their opening game, nine more than they averaged last season. If they do…

  19. Nets trade for Mehmet Okur to fill in for injured Lopez

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    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.…

  20. Turkish team retires Deron Williams jersey after 15 games

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    It was a unforgettable, magical whirlwind of basketball these past couple months in Istanbul. I guess. Besiktas, the Turkish team that had Deron Williams while lawyers argued BRI on the other side of the globe, decided to send D-Will off with a jersey retirement ceremony, reports Deadspin (and the video is below). D-Will looked pretty…

  21. Which players have the most to lose with a long lockout?

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Vince Carter,

    Kick off your shoes, grab a drink, put your feet up and make yourself comfortable. It looks like we could be at this lockout thing for a long, long time now. The longer this drags out, players are going to get hurt. The question is, which players get hurt the most? The conventional wisdom is…

  22. Mehmet Okur officially done for season

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

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    Mehmet Okur hasn’t really been part of the Jazz this season, having played just 13 games for them and having missed the last 22 due to a back injury. The team has now officially shut him down for the rest of the season. “His efforts and determination to return from his combined left Achilles’ surgery…

  23. Mehmet Okur returns to Jazz tonight

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

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    The 18-8 Utah Jazz will get better tonight. Soon that may be significantly better. Center Mehmet Okur — out since rupturing his Achilles tendon in the first game of the playoffs last season — will suit up and come off the bench for the Jazz tonight, the team announced at shoot around this morning. Not…

  24. Saturday Starting 5: Injury Damage

    Nov 20, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Portland Trail Blazers

    Hey, so, you’re stuck with me on the weekends, so I thought we’d put together something you can count on. Every weekend here at PBT we’ll have the Saturday Starting Five. Five elements, chosen thematically (so I’m not just basically vomiting words onto a screen for you) and brought for discussion about the NBA. Today’s…

  25. NBA All-Star Ballot is out — vote early and vote often (but not for Paul Millsap)

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

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    The NBA 2011 All-Star Game ballots are out and you can vote now. As always, because the names are selected before the season has even started, there are omissions. The biggest one this season is Paul Millsap of Utah, who is averaging 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Carlos Boozer who? (Credit to Art…

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