Jazz trade Okur to Nets for draft pick

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 22, 2011
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The Utah Jazz have traded All-Star center Mehmet Okur to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for a future second-round draft pick. The 6-foot-11 Okur is in his 10th year. The Nets needed another big man after learning Brook Lopez was out until at least February from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. Utah had an abundance of big men. The Jazz drafted Enes Kanter No. 3 overall this summer and have watched former No. 3 overall pick Derrick Favors blossom. Okur, a native of Turkey, played only 13 games last season because of injury, but said he was 100 percent entering training camp. He has averaged 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in 617 career games with Detroit and Utah.
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