NBA Roundtable

Utah Trades Okur To New Jersey

In Trade Talk on December 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Utah’s press release (via IamaGM.com)

Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that the team has acquired a future second-round draft pick and a trade exception from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for center Mehmet Okur.

Excellent trade for Utah.

  • They just wiped $10.8 million off their payroll.
  • Memo Okur didn’t figure to play much this season with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter expected to claim the overwhelming majority of big man minutes. Limited value as a player (nowhere near $11mil).
  • This move clears playing time for the young big men just mentioned

Disappointing trade for NJ

  • Lost some of their cap flexibility. Their ability to take back contracts without sending out any. This could have been very useful in a Dwight Howard trade or in a move for a superior talent than Okur.
  • Okur looked woeful last season but there is some reason for optimism. Appearently, he has looked much better after a full off-season and gotten some games under his belt in Europe during the lockout.
  • Still, it’s hard to see Memo being anything more than a backup center for NJ and, unless something miraculous happens, probably an average one at that. Too high a price for too little talent.
  • The Nets also could have spent that money on a talented free agent like Andrei Kirilenko (one year rental or multi-year deal) or pursued someone like Wilson Chandler in few months time (on a long term deal) once he is released from China.
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