NBA lockout continues forcing Utah Jazz center Okur to play in Turkey
News arriving from abroad informs there is another player who is interested in a future at Turkey. According to reports, the Utah Jazz center, Mehmet Okur is being linked with a move to Turkey.
Reportedly the negotiating process for the move has begun after Okur agreed to play in his native country once again. This comes after NBA star; Kobe Bryant became linked to a high profile move in Turkey.
Mehmet Okur, who is also known as Memo Okur will be acting similarly as the NBA lockout continues with no hope of restarting this season. The players and the owners are in deep disagreement regarding the Labor Deal.
The NBA commissioner, David Stern has been no help to the saga, rather his latest comments have further expanded the rift between the two parties. With the situation worsening even Stern has abandoned hope of NBA’s rejuvenation.
As a matter of fact, in a recent press release the Stern announced that if the lockout continued NBA will simply miss this season, instead it will try to get back to its feet in the next. This has led many fans and experts to doubt if Stern is the man for the job after all NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell managed to restart his league.
With the saga continuing to destroy future of iconic players like Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, etc. more and more players are looking towards a destination abroad which includes places like China, Thailand, Australia and United Kingdom.
Bryant has closely been linked with a move to Turkish outfit, Beskitas. The director of the club has declared the deal is half completed with only Bryant’s signature in question. Bryant has also admitted he is close to signing the contract however he needs time to think over the decision closely. Therefore one can expect his decision won’t be made in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.
On the other hand Okur is being linked to the Turkish club Fenerbahce. Sources have revealed that a one year deal is being formulated which also has an exit clause if the NBA lockout ends.
The veteran has played in NBA for 9 seasons during which he capped 617 times. Okur has produced an average of 13.7 points per match and 7.1 rebounds. Okur has been a regular in his squad, however last season he missed 13 games after the 32-year-old ruptured his Achilles tendon during the first round of the 2010 playoffs.