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Mehmet Okur | Center/Forward

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 5/26/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'11" / 260
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (38) / DET

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Mehmet Okur will join the Utah Jazz as consultant for the 2014-15 season.
Okur will join his former team to primarily serve as a mentor to fellow Turk, Enes Kanter. "Learning from a guy like [Okur], it would be really good," Kanter said. "We both play similar positions, shoot, and I think it would be really good." While the 22-year-old showed flashes of potential in averaging 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds during the 2013-14 season, Kanter won't provide more than later-round in standard fantasy leagues unless Okur can help bring some consistency to his game. Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

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Mehmet Okur has officially announced his retirement from basketball.

It's been a few years since the 33-year-old was fantasy relevant, but this officially marks the end for Memo.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 09:22:00 AM

Unrestricted FA Mehmet Okur is not an option for the Timberwolves anymore.

Minnesota had been sniffing around Okur for some time, but the team won't offer him more than the veteran's minimum and he's apparently got no interest in that. For what it's worth, Kenyon Martin is not an option for the team either, but that has never been pegged as a player the team was seriously targeting.
Source: ESPN 1500
Thu, Sep 13, 2012 09:11:00 AM

Real Madrid reportedly inquired about free agent Mehmet Okur, but "hung up the phone" when they heard his contract demands.

Okur has never been a great defender or rebounder, and he has been particularly ineffective since 2010 due to Achilles surgery and chronic back injuries. He has refused to sign for the veteran's minimum in the NBA and will probably end up signing with a team in Turkey.
Mon, Sep 10, 2012 02:46:00 PM

Galatasaray is interested in signing Mehmet Okur.

The Turkish team would make sense for Okur, who actually signed in Turkey during the NBA lockout last season. He really hasn't had a market stateside whatsoever beyond Minnesota's reported interest and it wouldn't be surprising to see him finish his career overseas.
Source: Sportando
Mon, Sep 10, 2012 10:38:00 AM

The Timberwolves still have Mehmet Okur on their radar, but are only able to offer the veteran's minimum at this time.

Okur has repeatedly said he won't sign for the minimum, so it seems like the Turkish big man and the T-Wolves are playing a game of chicken right now. If Okur is willing to come down on his salary demands Minnesota may be interested, but until then he may need to look overseas to command a bigger paycheck and/or larger role.
Wed, Sep 5, 2012 05:03:00 PM

Unrestricted free agent Mehmet Okur is not interested in accepting the veteran's minimum salary.

Okur has drawn interest from the T-Wolves (the only NBA team rumored to have interest), but a "source close" to Okur said that the team is a "long shot" to sign him. It's entirely possible Okur heads overseas to secure a bigger paycheck and larger role at this point in his career.
Source: ESPN 1500
Wed, Aug 29, 2012 08:47:00 AM

The Timberwolves may try to offer Mehmet Okur the veteran minimum.

The veteran minimum is all the Timberwolves could offer, so they'd have to be considered as an underdog to acquire the Turkish center. Okur dealt with back issues in 2012 and played just 17 games. There's no reason to even think about drafting him.
Fri, Aug 17, 2012 07:51:00 PM

The Turkish media is reporting that F/C Mehmet Okur may be returning to Turkey to sign with Fenerbahce Ulker.

Okur has played a grand total of 30 NBA games over the past two seasons thanks to a bad back and was most recently waived by the Trail Blazers after never playing a game for them. There's still a chance he could end up back in the NBA at some point, but it doesn't appear to be likely.
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 05:50:00 PM

Mehmet Okur will be waived by Portland to clear a roster spot for J.J. Hickson.

Okur wasn't going to play for the Blazers this year, whether or not his back injury even allowed him to play. Hopefully the 32-year-old can get healthy and mount a successful season in 2012-13.
Wed, Mar 21, 2012 06:44:00 PM

Acting GM Chad Buchanan said that Mehmet Okur (back) will not play for the Trail Blazers.

Okur was dealt to Portland in the Gerald Wallace deadline deal, but the Trail Blazers were solely interested in his expiring contract.
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 07:55:00 AM

Mehmet Okur, who hasn't played since Jan. 25 due to a back injury, is heading to Portland in the Gerald Wallace deal.

We'll have to see if he ever gets healthy again, but the Blazers can always use extra bodies at center. Don't expect to see Okur play again this season.
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 01:30:00 PM

A Turkish website reports that Mehmet Okur is done for the season due to his back injury.

The brief article cites "multiple sources" and this meshes with the Nets' official announcement that Okur is out indefinitely. We're just hoping that his chronic back problems ease up enough for him to play next year.
Sat, Mar 10, 2012 10:21:00 AM

Nets announced that F/C Mehmet Okur is out indefinitely.

That isn't much of an update considering he hasn't played since January 27, but it's clear the team isn't expecting him to return at any point in the near future. He's been an afterthought due to his chronically bad back since being acquired from Utah before the season.
Fri, Mar 9, 2012 10:38:00 AM

The Nets have no update on the status of Mehmet Okur (back).

Okur hasn't played since Jan. 25. The Nets could certainly use the Turkish Tornado with Brook Lopez (ankle) sidelined again, but Okur's back woes are chronic. His name could come up in trade talks thanks to a $10.9 million expiring contract.
Thu, Mar 8, 2012 05:45:00 PM

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