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Nets Acquire Mehmet Okur For A Second Round Pick In 2015

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The Nets announced Thursday evening that they have acquired center Mehmet Okur from the Utah Jazz in exchange for the Nets' second round pick in 2015. Okur, who played more than five seasons with Deron Williams in Utah, fills the hole caused by Brook Lopez's injury.

Okur is owed $10.9 million this season on an expiring deal. He averaged at least 13 points per game in each of his five full seasons with the Jazz and more than 17 points per game in three of those. But he played only 13 games last season, dealing mostly with back issues.

Like Deron Williams, Okur played in Turkey. In 10 games, divided between the Turkish League and the EuroChallenge, Okur didn't appear to be bothered by his back issues. He averaged 13.5 points and 8.1 rebounds in 30 minutes per game for Turkish Telecom. He shot 46.4% from two point range and 38.2% from deep. In a head-to-head matchup with Williams and Besiktas, Okur had 18 points and 13 boards while his once and future teammate had 23 points and 8 assists. Besiktas won the game.

He scored a total of nine points in 30 minutes in the Jazz's two preseason games.