Mehmet Okur Out Until December-January?
The Jazz say they’ll re-evaluate the big fella in mid-October, but according to the Salt Lake Tribune‘s sources, Okur might not be back until well into the new season: “Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor said center Mehmet Okur will be re-evaluated by the team in mid-October. Okur, who is recovering from left Achilles tendon surgery, has started running drills and recently worked out with teammates in Santa Barbara, Calif … While a mid-October date looms large for Okur during his rehab, multiple sources said Utah is realistically targeting a December-January return for the center. Okur underwent surgery April 20 to repair a ruptured Achilles. A league source stated that the Jazz are employing an “Elton Brand” timetable for Okur. Brand, a Philadelphia forward, missed 74 games in 2007-08 for the Los Angeles Clippers while recovering from Achilles surgery. It has been less than five months since Okur had his surgery, and he is less than two months into his rehab.”