Well, that didn’t take long.
Shortly after the Nets learned that Brook Lopez’s consecutive games streak will be snapped at 246 due to a fractured fifth metatarsl in his foot, Billy King announced a deal to acquire Mehmet Okur from the Utah Jazz. The Nets send a second-round pick and a trade exception back to Utah.
Okur’s a perfect fit for New Jersey: an expiring contract in 2011-12 (worth $10.8 million), acquirable for next to nothing, experienced playing with Deron Williams (and you’re kidding yourself if you think Deron had no input here), and according to his former coach Tyrone Corbin, currently in good shape.
Prior to an injury-hobbled 2011, Memo had put up a PER above the league average in each season of his career after his rookie season.