Utah Jazz: Mehmet Okur on hold in Turkey

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  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    Nov. 30, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    This has worked out nicely for the Jazz in that, unlike last spring, we now know that Okur will be able to play full minutes this year. He is needed as a backup center/starting PF, and his outside shooting and spreading the paint will be very much needed and amnesty doesn't make a lot of sense. Favors is only a soph, and Kanter will need a couple of years (I hope he works out). Okur is an expiring contract and if the JAzz aren't playoff bound they might be able to trade him before the deadline to dump some salary.

    The proposition for Milsap and some combination of players and/or draft picks for Granger is exciting to me, although I would be sad to see Sap go.

  • SundanceKid27 OREM, UT
    Nov. 29, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    Going over to Europe was a great idea for Memo and the Jazz. Looks like he was able to successfully play. Good signs of him being able to be back for this team.

  • klepsydra Longmont, CO
    Nov. 29, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    It doesn't make any sense to amnesty or trade him at this point. You won't get anything for him. He is being payed way above his market value because of his injuries the last 2 years. If you put him on amnesty, the Jazz are still going to end up eating most of his salary. If you trade him, you are going to have to give up an asset for a team to take on his contract and risk. The best thing to do is hold onto him, everyone has said he is a great locker room presence and will be especially helpful to mentor Kanter. Let him play and see how his health holds up.

    If there is one thing the Jazz are good at is trading players when you can get a maximum return (Deron). The only player that will give you a really good return on the Jazz roster right now is Milsap because he is payed below market value. Okur, and Jefferson you are going to have to give up assets to get another team to absorb their salaries. Others would just be thrown in to match salaries (Harris, Bell, CJ).

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Nov. 29, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    Sit him down and trade him. The Jazz don't need him or his salary any longer.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Nov. 29, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    wow...what if...they took the amnesty on that hefty 10M contract...i wonder what the brass are thinking...there are even rumors of Millsap moving