Nets Eye Playoffs With Okur Deal

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY BUREAU — General manager Billy King and the New Jersey Nets didn’t take long to recover from the loss of Brook Lopez, acquiring Mehmet Okur from the Utah Jazz for a second round pick in 2015.

Okur is paid $10.9 million this season, a salary which the Nets are able to absorb with their remaining cap space. They still have their $2.5 million room exception, which they’ll use to sign DeShawn Stevenson on Friday.

Since Okur’s deal is expiring, the Nets retain all of their 2012 cap space reserved for Dwight Howard (and have a lot of expiring deals to include in a trade before the deadline). Further, since the Jazz were willing to let the center go for nothing but salary relief, King didn’t have to give up any of the first rounders he has earmarked for a potential Howard deal. (Reports had the Nets sending five first-round picks out in a deal that fell through last week.)

Okur played just 13 games last season because of a variety of injuries (mostly as he recovered from a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon he suffered in the 2010 playoffs), but played in the Turkish League during the lockout and was in shape when camp opened, playing a total of 30 minutes in Utah’s two preseason games.

So while the Nets still have their eyes on Howard, they clearly want to make the playoffs — whether or not they acquire that other center in March.


  1. Krespino says:

    How bad is Achilles tendon rupture and surgery? Is full recovery possible?
    Or would the player be never the same again?
    Are there known names that recovered well and resumed athletic performance at pre-injury level?

  2. Krespino says:

    Okur is a center who can shoot the three. And he is in good shape and strength presently. Fairly good package for a player with one year contract. He could do a fairly good job with Deron Williams and Kris Humphries(?)
    To analyse if the Nets’ choice for Okur was a good idea, which other center option(s) were out there for the Nets that were better than Okur?

  3. BelizeBoy says:

    “Okur was okay for Utah, but on the Nets he really won’t matter.”
    – Qouted from the book of Gary.

  4. Scott says:

    The other thing that cracks me up here is that D-Will isn’t even mentioned…He is the Alpha on the Nets squad…by far the best player on the team, and a top 3 point guard in the league.

  5. Scott says:

    Dude, have you ever watched a Jazz game? He was averaging like 78 regular season games a year until the Achilles Tendon injury….I’d say that he is pretty darn healthy.

  6. Someone says:

    Well, Okur is a good enough player if you have seen him playing outside of NBA. But somehow he can’t seem to get into shape or stay healthy while in NBA. Though, if he can stay healthy and regain his once great shooting touch, he should be a great Center for the Nets.

    But having said that, Nets’ only fit for a 7th or 8th seed at best.

  7. Josh says:

    Okur was an All Star not too long ago , and I’ve watched some of his matches in turkey , he is DEFINETELY going to make a jump back to his 20’ish points per game in his career once again , I can tell you that much .

  8. hoover says:

    i really would like the nets to do well but unless they manage a swifty and steal dwight now thae will not make the playoffs, thats just my opinion though. what yall think?