Okur traded to nets in business move for a 2015 second-round pick, trade exception
Captain L,Your a funny person, if you think for one moment Greg Miller
cares about the Jazz competiveness over ecomonics then you obviously have not
paid attention to the past two years...Frist he trades Maynorthen he forces Jerry Sloan and Phil Johnson Retirementsthen he trades
D-WillThen he boots Fess and AKThen he signs two guys who have shady
pastThen he boots Memo...this is about Greg retaining his
money.... nothing eles...Or don't you remember how irratated he was on
twitter last year with people being upset at the the trade of D-will? you know
the tweet that basically said Jazz fans are cry babies...
Maybe the Jazz can take some of that money and sign Hulk Hogan or the Iron
Sheik. They could probably get both.
Terrible trade. You need Memo to help mentor Kanter. He's been loyal to the Jazz
and is a player who likes being here, which is rare. The front office has gone
south since Larry left.
I guess no NBA team can have 2 Turks on their roster?
What a year...Cougar decisions have soured me on BYU and This Mehmet decision
has soured me on the Jazz. Mehmet has been good to the community. Hate to see
Howard S: Where are you coming from, your comments are ludicrous, the Millers
are concerned about winning and being competitive and that is why they made this
move , even though it was hard to do , because they care and appreciate Memo and
what he has done. Memo is past his prime and may not even be able to contribute
in a meaningful way anymore. The young bigs we have are better than Memo and
need playing time and experience, Memo's contract was way more than he is worth
and this was a smart and good move for the team.
Unless this trade brings back AKA and/or Fesenko it is a clear sign the Jazz are
punting this season for the so called future.
Just another personnel move that enhances the Jazz (read Millers) economically
but not competitively.It's a sad state of affairs when the fans are
more concerned about the competitiveness of the Jazz than the owners.Just another reason I wouldn't go to a Jazz game if they were handing our $100
bills at the door.If the Miller's aren't committed to the
competitive health of the Jazz they should sell the team...
I like Memo,but this was a great move on KOC part.
I don't like it! I will take Money Memmo over Big Al any day of the week. It's
too bad but in the end it's just business.Best of luck to you and
your family Memmo!
Thanks Memo for your total contributions to the Jazz for 7 years. The timing was
just terrible for management and the Okur family but this is a business where
people are paid very well(overpaid). Adjustments will be made and from a
financial standpoint Memo has set himself up financially for life with his last
contract and will adjust in time quite well I'm sure. Next up will be what
are we going to do with Miles, Bell & Jefferson? Those 3 along with the
trade exception from Memo's deal can be "very" lucrative in the trade
market going forward. Things are looking real bright for this Jazz team in the
future. Good luck to all & happy holidays.
Great guy; sad day; but the right business move. Memo understands. He will
likely get more PT with the Nets. And he is a few hours closer to Turkey
(home). The Nets need a center; the Jazz needed salary relief and PT space for
all of the young guys. Everyone came out ahead.
KOC will have to sit on the exception a few months since not much is available
right now. The clippers are deep at PG and would probably give up Bledsoe but
its not like we need the exception for that unless the Clips gave us Mo Williams
instead but he's not any better than Harris
Yawn.... I don't see this as news..
very interesting to see the new face of the jazz show up. I like coach Corbin
and KOC making changes for THEIR team now. Building a very bright future for the
organization and opening options. Tough to see a long time productive and loyal
jazz player leave (since we dont get too many through here), but i'm sure this
new found flexibility on the roster will turn out to drastically improve the
roster with a MUCH needed player that can take over the game. No more mediocre
players, trim off some excess fat. The future looks bright, big changes here in
I like the idea of Wilson Chandler when he get free of his contract in China, I
like his game , he would be a very good fit with our young team. Let's hope.
I hope the trade exception is packaged with Millsap to the Grizzlies for Rudy
Gay. This is a great trade for both teams. The Grizzlies get a great player and
save money, while the Jazz get an All Star that would not come to Utah any other
Okur as the article seems to point out was not a conventional center, and
neither is Jefferson. Kanter appears to not be 6'11" but more like
6'9". And it appears he will be learning in the crucible of regular games.
The Jazz haven't had a true #5 position player since Greg Ostertag and before
him Mark Eaton. The Jazz are young and middle aged and short of truly big
banging type players. And they are inconsistent at outside shooting. Miles
appears to be the major 3 point shooter left, and he is hot and cold. This is
going to be a long and a shortened season for a undertalented team. O'Connor
and the on floor coaching staff have their hands full to make this aggregation
of players competitive. This is truly going to be a crapshoot this season.
Playing an ordinary going nowhere Portland Trailblazer outfit clearly shows it.
This entire NBA season will be one of flux. The Lakers are less talented as
well with the departure of Odom, and Kobe is hurt again. New York appears to
have improved itself with Chandler. It will boil down to the same teams as last
year in the playoffs trust me.
Thank you for the memories Memo. We love you!
Most of you do not understand deals. Big Al came to the Jazz on a trade
exeption. It is money in the bank if it is used.
This was a great move for the Jazz. With us no longer dealing with the bad
contract for Okur and a 10.8 million dollar trade exception, that puts us under
the salary cap and gives us a strong negotiating hand to try to get a player
that we could use in a position where we need the help. I would have taken that
trade in a heart-beat. This has nothing to do with a need to trade Okur, it has
everything to do with putting the Jazz on a much more sound financial position.
With our young players, we can develop a very strong future. We will have two
possible draft picks at the end of the year as well. This could put us on a
trajectory for a very strong future.
I would have liked to have seen a first round pick but that might have been too
much to ask. I'm curios as to what they plan to do wit hthe trade execption.
Between Millsap's low salary and the trade exception, I think they might be
making a move for a star player on a team that is over the salary cap. Millsap's
salary plus the trade exection equals a max contract player. If those are their
plans, hopefully it's someone good because I would really hate to see Millsap
First off, this move was predicated because of the mistake in signing Josh
Howard. I believe it's a good move in that the Jazz save about 11 million this
year, but it does nothing to solve the glaring problem we have at the 3 spot.Hayward, obviously, cannot play the three, he's a two. So, that leaves
us with Bell as the odd man out there, if the young guys are going to get
minutes, and Howard isn't the answer at the 3, leaving only CJ and his
no-defense hot/cold shooting ability. So, a deal has to made which will move
Bell and/or Howard and bring in someone who is a legit small forward. If KOC can find that player, then the Memo deal was an abolute stroke of
genius, if he stocks up with another "old timer" such as Bell/Howard,
then it didn't do much except give the radio guys something to talk about other
than Heaps to KU.
When will the lock out be over?
they traded Memo to a bag of cheetos...memo could've stayed for a year...and
mentor Kanter...but...getting that trade exception...there must be something
up...Harris + exception = Jimmer?...hahahha kidding...it wont happen...it
would've been cool though
How lucky are the Jazz that some team would take his contract off their hands.
New Jersey keeps giving us great steals. Memo is a thing of the past. He
served no purpose on this team as Harris can't see to his side or in front of
him to pass the ball. Memo can't not create his own shot and Harris can't pass
to him. Dwill will at least give him the ball.
Anyone else remember how many game winning threes Okur made for the Jazz in his
prime? I also, remember him playing such goodnn defense on Yao Ming during the
playoffs one year he made Yao literally cry! good times! That being said it was
a good move. and Cowboy Joe. What gives your the idea Millsap isn't loyal to
Utah? He has never hinted towards wanting to leave and the Jazz would be crazy
to trade him!
As much as I like Memo and think he is a good person, this is another good move
by KOC. This gives the Jazz some nice flexibility moving forward.Good luck Memo.
Money is about spent. He's had a nice career and givin us all alot of money
memories to cherish but the team needs to continue to rebuild and improve. I
wish Memo continued success in New Jersey For him and his family.
Great guy, terrible NBA player.
Memo gave us some great clutch shots in years past, but lets remember that was
years past we would not be seeing that again. He looked lost and extremely slow
on the court this year, zero defense, no confidence, lost his shot and would
take up valuable minutes from rising young stars that need to be out on the
court to get better. Any fan that thinks this was not a smart move is thinking
with their heart, not their brain! A center that can't play defense
and likes to play shooting guard (who can no longer shoot consistently) that
comes off the bench and makes almost $11 million is a huge liability and they
were lucky they had the trade exception to clear him off the books! Being under
the cap next year (or maybe even this year) will allow for another quality
productive player that might actually help the Jazz make the playoffs! Go Jazz!
Going to miss you buddy. Good luck and hope to see you get back to 100%
And to all those fans who said the players were greedy during the lockout I say
it is just a business. The franchise have to do what is best for them and the
players have to do what is best for them.
Thanks for excellent memories Mehmet. You have been a professional and I will
miss you on the team.
All the best, Memo.You worked hard, your defense against Yao in the
series against the Rockets was unexpected and a key to the Jazz making the
Western Conference Final.You were the antithesis of locker room
cancers Boozer and D-Will.Consumate pro. You will be missed.
Those of you who want to send CJ packing, I think are alittle premature,
although CJ is or has been inconsistent, he is talented and I think the FO and
coaches want to see how he plays for a month or two, if he doesn't show any
improvement over last yr by the time of the trade deadline, I then see CJ being
part of a trade. Time will tell and this time it won't take only a few months to
determine. I also hope Burks learns, improves and matures, it also may depend on
how Howard ends up playing. Just getting rid of CJ because some of you don't
like him won't be an issue, it will depend on whether or not they can get
someone better and improve the team.
Very sad to see Memo go. As a fan, I could not ask for a more loyal Jazz player
or a better attitude than what Memo has given us over the years. I feel like
the team has lost it's whole identity over the past year. I hope there is a
master plan that evolves and makes the Jazz better. It is hard to swallow all
the losing in the name of hope.
I'll definitely miss Okur!
Dang it, there goes the Jazz $10 million dollar translator.Send CJ
right behind him
We love you, Memo!!! :( Expect lots of cheers for the Money Man when you come
back here to play!
Good move, make some rooms for the young kids.
For those of you asking why the Jazz couldn't get more--Memo wasn't traded for a
2nd round pick. He was traded for the trade exception - which is super
valuable. It is a great move by the Jazz giving the organization even more
flexibility going forward.
I haven't felt this way since John and Karl retired. Did not realize I like
"Money" this much. Best of luck Okur!!
Thank you Memo for all the great memories, and good luck with your new team--
Jazz New Jersey.
Kevin is finally making smart moves to get out of this continuity many of you
demand...For one the Jazz are doing what is good for business, more than
worrying what the fans want..Keep it up Kevin...Miles be next
Here is an example where a lack of loyalty is not just a player label.
The Jazz did this for salary relief. Memo would have been a nice
mentor to help fellow countryman Enes Kanter develop. Kanter will have to play
considerable minutes behind Al Jefferson now. I don't think he is ready. I am sad to see Memo go. He is one of the real good guys in the NBA. If
he can get a good majority of his health back, he is still a great back up
Center at this stage of his career. Memo should get no more than 15
minutes a night with this condensed schedule (post lockout). Back to back to
backs will be unkind. Okur is not appreciated like he should be. If
Kanter fails, there will be more back lash from Jazz fans on the high pick. With
Okur being traded, the Jazz are going to play Kanter to see what they got right
away. Be careful what you wish for Jazz brass.
Alert........ Mo Williams
Considering that they have the trade exception now... I feel like they have
something else planned.
he didn't rehab like he should have, the front office didn't have faith in him
any more ( why else trade and draft multiple bigs) he is at the tail end of his
career. We now have cap room and can try and get a 3 pt shooter that can run the
court in under 12 seconds
Well, it was a good run Jazz. Thanks for the memories, you'll be a great
franchise where ever you are sold to.
Plenty of great clutch shots from Okur but the problem was too many injuries and
with the Jazz lately no big games where clutch shots are needed. Good luck in
NJ, I think he can a playoff team and the Jazz are no longer that.
So the Jazz trade Okur for a mid-level exception and a half-eaten pepperoni
pizza? Hate to say it but the Jazz came out better in that trade...
Memo's achilles is not 100%, evidenced by his hobbled performance this year.
His NBA career will continue to fade, unfortunately for him and the Nets. He's
been good for the Jazz.
Nothing but a salary dump. Memo was the quintessential Jazz man, and very loyal
to the organization. His family loved it here and wanted to be here (unlike so
many players; you listening Boozer?). If his salary versus playing time was an
issue, why not try to renegotiate his contract? More years for similar
money...he might have stuck around. We will miss his outside shooting...badly.
We will miss his quiet leadership and example also. I am very saddened by this.
@jolsWait....a shooter? Oh we just traded our best shooter so we could
sign a shooter. Shows how much you know you fan of all weathers.
Does Kevin O'Connor work for the jazz or the nets? You really couldn't get
anything else for Memo? I realize you are friends with the nets GM, but you
shouldn't just give away great talent. You work for the jazz!! Also, the jazz
should already have plenty of money since we no longer have Kirelenkos
contract....oh he's most likely going to be on the nets as
well......oh.......our other highest paid player from last year is on the nets
too, D-Will. That is 3 of the jazz highest paid players from last year on the
nets this year. Is it legal to have a GM work for two teams?
This trade was a good thing, Okur was past his prime, he was costing alot of
money and he would have taken time from the young bigs we now have. Good move by
KOC. Okur was probably the second highest paid player on the team and money wise
this was smart. I hope Favors and Kanter both get major minutes so they can
develop and get confident and comfortable. Okur always was a liability
defensively, he will be missed for his shooting and his personality and
character, but all in all it was a good move.
Millsap and Miles be on alert. Everyone conected to Dwill is going to be gone.
The Jazz need to change the culture be cleansing itself of the Dwill mentality.
The Chicago and New Jersey Jazz. The bulls have 3 jazz men and the nets have 5
and if the sign ak47 6.
My first reaction was one of surprise, we didn't get much for him in return.
Then I felt a little bad for Okur because he just got back from injury, is being
separated from his Turkish buddy, and has to move his family. What I like about
the trade is that we don't have to pay him $10M anymore and he's not taking
minutes away from Kanter/Favors. I wonder what we'll use the trade exception on?
D12 (we can only dream)? KOC also can find us a good 2nd rd pick (Jeremy Evans).
Goodbye Okur, hope you'll be happy and successful in NJ with D-Will and possible
your buddy AK. We appreciate your 7 yrs in Utah and all your 3's and floor
I wish him the best. O' Connor is starting to win me over. We just saved 10
million that will be helpful later. It was clear he was not going to be able to
come back to where he was. The continuity needed to change and go with the
youth. We now have our 13 players and should be ready to go. Plus we got
another good draft pick potentially.
Oops! I left out Kanter. I think he and Evans should each get 5-10 minutes a
game, and I would like that 15 or so minutes deducted from Jefferson's total.
This is a good move for the Jazz. After watching the last two games, it is
obvious, that Memo can't guard the smaller quicker PF's or C for that matter.
This year is his swan song.. Use his 10.8 mill and package Harris to get a get
an up grade at the point. As for Memo, Yes he can still shoot, but. Good luck in NJ
This is a great move, good for all concerned. Kanter and Memo can still
communicate important matters via phone and internet and when they are both in
each others NBA cities or visiting Turkey. I never liked Memo as a center,
although his rebounding improved in the year before he injured his achilles
tendon. I liked watching him swish 3s, but I wished for a more athletic center
who played excellent defense. Maybe the Jazz will try for Fes again, or just
develop what they have. I like Fes backing up Favors at C with Milsap/Evans
backing up Jefferson at PF. With no word for awhile, it looks like Fes's ship
has sailed, though.
Unless there are other moves to be made, I don't like this at all. If Okur is
really healthy, then I REALLY don't like this. He was a mentor to Enis Kanter
and good in the locker room. I bet he feels this is a kick in the gut. Good
Luck to Memo except when he plays the Jazz. He enjoyed SLC and called it home.
Yes, I don't like this at all.
Dumping Memo is a couple years past due. However, I wish him the best of luck in
Thanks Memo! But, now it's time to give the minutes to the young guns! I'm ready
for Favors to Kanter to take over.
Watch the fair weather fans jump off the band wagon or start saying fire
K.O.CIt was a good move as much as I love Memo Jazz are probably going for
ak for a 2 year deal now or a shooter
I am sad to see a great guy leave the team and the community. I think it was a
good business move though. Best of luck to you Memo!
Kanter's performance in the past two games obviously convinced the Jazz that
Okur services were no longer needed.
I dont like it. Yeah memo hasn't been the same for awhile but why wouldnt we get
someone in return who could help? What ever happened to loyalty? M