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Report: Okur may leave NBA, sign in native Turkey

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, the oft-injured veteran big man who was traded from the Nets to the Trail Blazers last deadline but was waived by Portland before he ever set foot on the court, may be leaving the NBA.

Okur, a free agent, may return to play in his native Turkey, tweets David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz.

Reports out of the Turkish media that Mehmet Okur might return to Turkey and sign with Fenerbahce Ulker

Okur, the former All-Star big man with the Jazz, has played just 30 games total over the past two seasons due to a bad back. At age 33 any NBA offers he gets will be for the league minimum, but for the Istanbul-based Fenerbahce Ulker he would still be a huge draw (and the fewer games per week with less travel might suit his body better). Nothing definitive, but something to watch.