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Real Madrid calls, then hangs up phone on Mehmet Okur

Mehmet Okur

Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur of Turkey talks to the media in the team’s locker room Thursday, April 14, 2011, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz did not make the NBA playoffs and the players cleaned out their lockers. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)


Mehmet Okur is still out there as a free agent. He could play a role as a big off the bench for a minimum salary, but the Timberwolves, Nets and others have passed.

You would think at this point Okur would fit better in Europe, but according to a tweet from Spanish basketball writer Paco Rabadan (translated by Hoopshype) that may not be happening either.

Real Madrid has inquired about Okur. They hung up the phone when told about the money (he was asking for).

Okur is not really in position to be demanding a lot of money. He has played 30 games over two seasons fighting off injuries and deteriorating skills. Europe seemed like a better fit, with fewer games and more time between them.

It still may be, because I don’t see an NBA offer coming. But he may need to lower expectations a little on what he’s going to make. Or, there is always his native Turkey.