Utah Jazz trade Mehmet Okur to New Jersey for trade exception, future 2nd-round pick

Okur traded to nets in business move for a 2015 second-round pick, trade exception

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  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Dec. 26, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    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 Maynor
    then he forces Jerry Sloan and Phil Johnson Retirements
    then he trades D-Will
    Then he boots Fess and AK
    Then he signs two guys who have shady past
    Then 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...

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Dec. 26, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    Maybe the Jazz can take some of that money and sign Hulk Hogan or the Iron Sheik. They could probably get both.

  • SMS Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2011 1:29 a.m.

    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.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    I guess no NBA team can have 2 Turks on their roster?

    Dec. 23, 2011 6:00 p.m.

    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 him go.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    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.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    Dec. 23, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    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.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    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...

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    I like Memo,but this was a great move on KOC part.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 10:25 a.m.

    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!

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Dec. 23, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    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.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Dec. 23, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    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.

  • jazzfan86 American Fork, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    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

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    Yawn.... I don't see this as news..

  • jrbigcat DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 9:51 a.m.

    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 Utah.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    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.

  • Cowboy Joe Encampment, WY
    Dec. 23, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    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 way.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    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.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    Thank you for the memories Memo. We love you!

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    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.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 8:37 a.m.

    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.

  • Crotty Kid Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    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 go.

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    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.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Dec. 23, 2011 6:32 a.m.

    When will the lock out be over?

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Dec. 23, 2011 3:38 a.m.

    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

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Dec. 23, 2011 3:15 a.m.

    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.

  • Millsap fan Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 2:13 a.m.

    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!

  • HugMe Logan, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 12:00 a.m.

    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.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    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.

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    Great guy, terrible NBA player.

  • Terry Sandy, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    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!

  • payara OREM, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    Going to miss you buddy. Good luck and hope to see you get back to 100%

  • shaun_ SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    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.

  • md Cache, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    Thanks for excellent memories Mehmet. You have been a professional and I will miss you on the team.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    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.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 10:04 p.m.

    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.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    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.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    I'll definitely miss Okur!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    Dang it, there goes the Jazz $10 million dollar translator.

    Send CJ right behind him

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    We love you, Memo!!! :( Expect lots of cheers for the Money Man when you come back here to play!

  • GoodGuyGary Houston, TX
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Good move, make some rooms for the young kids.

  • Aggie32 Huntington, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    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.

  • IdahoJazz Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    I haven't felt this way since John and Karl retired. Did not realize I like "Money" this much. Best of luck Okur!!

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    Thanks Memo

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    Thank you Memo for all the great memories, and good luck with your new team-- Jazz New Jersey.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    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

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    Here is an example where a lack of loyalty is not just a player label.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Idahoan Burley, ID
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    Alert........ Mo Williams

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    Considering that they have the trade exception now... I feel like they have something else planned.

  • goodDr. sandy, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    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

  • Mr. C St. George, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    Well, it was a good run Jazz. Thanks for the memories, you'll be a great franchise where ever you are sold to.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:01 p.m.

    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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    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...

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    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.

  • Daveman Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    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.

    Dec. 22, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    Wait....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.

    Dec. 22, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    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?

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Cowboy Joe Encampment, WY
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    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.

  • YoungBloodJazz REXBURG, ID
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:22 p.m.

    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 stretching shots.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    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.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    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.

  • ELEVENTY1 Watching, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    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

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    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.

  • Dick of the NW Bainbridge Island, Washington
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    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.

  • TheAtheist SLC, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    Dumping Memo is a couple years past due. However, I wish him the best of luck in New Jersey.

  • utopia381 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    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.

  • Jols MIDVALE, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 5:53 p.m.

    Watch the fair weather fans jump off the band wagon or start saying fire K.O.C
    It 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

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    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!

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Dec. 22, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    Kanter's performance in the past two games obviously convinced the Jazz that Okur services were no longer needed.

  • Bluewombat8 Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 5:41 p.m.

    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