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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: Pistons don't match Jazz's six-year offer for Okur

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posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 10:23 PM
SALT LAKE CITY -- Mehmet Okur was very concise in his earliest moments as a member of the Utah Jazz.

"Life is good," Okur said with a wide grin after signing a six-year, $50 million deal to join the Jazz.

The Turkish center signed the deal Tuesday, three days short of the deadline the Detroit Pistons had to match Utah's offer. But knowing they wouldn't be able to come up with the money, the Pistons let Okur go early.

The NBA champion Pistons instead re-signed Rasheed Wallace, who went to Detroit in a midseason trade that cut into Okur's playing time. Okur still finished the season averaging 9.6 points and 5.9 rebounds.

"I didn't play much last year. I come over here hungry. I want to go hard right away. I can't wait to play with them," Okur said. "I like the system here."




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