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Mehmet Okur Traded to Nets

Anou Enright December 23, 2011 Rumors 1 Comment on Mehmet Okur Traded to Nets

For the second consecutive off-season, the Nets have been more or less shutout although they were thought to be big players heading in. He’s certainly not Dwight Howard but Mehmet Okur will have to do for now.

The Utah Jazz traded All-Star center Mehmet Okur to the New Jersey Nets on Thursday for a second-round draft pick.

The 6-foot-11 Okur is in his 10th year and was to earn $10.8 million this season in the final year of his contract.

The Nets needed another big man after learning Brook Lopez was out until at least February from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.

“Mehmet will give us added scoring and size,” Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement. “His ability to shoot the 3 will help space the floor.”


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