Okur Healthy; Ready for NBA Return
Mehmet Okur is staying in Turkey — for now, at least.
“Memo has to wait until the lockout is over,” his agent, Marc Fleisher, said. “And his contract (with Telekom Turkey Ankara) says once it ends, he can give them notice to leave.”
And he will.
NBA players are expected to report to camp on Dec. 9, pending ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement.
Okur’s time playing in his homeland has served as a successful rehabilitation stint. Through five games, the 6-foot-11 big man is averaging 12 points, eight boards and 28 minutes a game.
“His experience in Europe has been great,” Fleisher said of the 32-year-old, who has one year left on his Jazz deal. “Memo is probably in better physical condition than prior to getting injured. It’s been good for him psychologically to know that he’s fully recovered.”