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Report: Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

Posted on: October 11, 2010 1:31 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

According to Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Allen Iverson is moving close to an agreement with the Turkish team Besiktas on a one-year contract that could pay him around $2 million with bonuses.

"We are in very serious negotiations with [Besiktas],” Iverson’s business manager Gary Moore told Yahoo! Sports. “Istanbul is beautiful from everything we’ve learned. It’s not that far from the U.S., and the competition is good which makes it all attractive."

Reportedly, a contract has been sent from Besiktas and now it's in Iverson's hands to sign. But a deal could take as long as 10 days to finalize. The major hang-up was Iverson’s reluctance to let Besiktas fine him beyond 1 percent of his $1.5 million base salary, according to the report.

Iverson had potentially more interesting offers to play in China, but supposedly playing in Istanbul intrigues him. Iverson's last three NBA teams - the Pistons, the Grizzlies and the 76ers - didn't end especially well. That's why he's been forced to look overseas to continue his professional basketball career. Iverson couldn't so much even get a training camp invite from anyone. Plainly put, nobody else wants him.

Besiktas is a pretty high-profile team in Turkey. It's considered one of the three top clubs in Turkey and has a nice fanbase. However, recently the team has been wrapped in financial troubles plus a lawsuit from American player Lonnie Baxter over failure to pay his salary and agent fees. I bet that part sounded awesome to Iverson.

So in other words, have fun in Istanbul, Allen. Here's to hoping this ends well for you.
Comments

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:17 pm
 

Report: Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

'Truly one of the greatest players of the last 30 years.   This is much bigger than Dominique Wilkins or Bob McAdoo finishing their careers in Europe.  This is a first ballot Hall of Famer going there.  From what i've read he spent the summer training with other NBA pros so he'll probably do well in the EuroLeague.  He's far from washed up.  If he didn't have attitude issues all 30 teams probably would've gone after him this summer. '

Wait- LeBron James is playing in Turkey???????????????



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2010 3:17 pm
 

Report: Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

Wonderful..the biggest tattooed idiot in the history of the NBA takes his act to Turkey?  Hope he watched Midnight Express



Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:59 pm
 

Report: Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

well, I think this is great for the future of the NBA. Allen Iverson might be doing a great service to the sport for playing in another country and try to inspire the people over there about basketball. This is one step closer to making basketball the most popular sport in the world. Soccer is way too boring and people want to see scoring. Basketball has the fast pace scoring and is always entertaining. I'm willing to bet if more former nba players go play somewhere else there will be much better competion around the world.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:42 pm
 

Report: Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

Well put sportswhore (and I like that moniker).  AI's talent/potential was surely greater than Steve Nash's, but Nash has maximized his rather than squandering it.  It's funny to hear AI spin this potential banishment to Turkey as interesting or intriguing.  It's like telling Donald Trump that he'll have to set up shop in the middle of Kansas.  More like a sentence than an opportunity.  Somebody better learn how to say "We're talkin' bout practice" in Turkish, or whatever the language is called.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:39 pm
 

Report: Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

It's not that far from the US.............What?  Look at a map, it's the other side of the freaking world.  Now if he means lifestyle wise, yeah, it's closer than China, but,, what!  This should teach all the young guns, in all pro sports, Iverson was a thorn in the side of everyone when he was young and needed no one.  Other players, fans, management, coaches, you name it, he angered them.  Now at the end of his career and he still wants to play, he has a choice of China or Turkey.  No one even showed enough interest to call him.  Retire old man!



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:38 pm
 

Report: Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

It's not that far from the US.............What?  Look at a map, it's the other side of the freaking world.  Now if he means lifestyle wise, yeah, it's closer than China, but dam!  This should teach all the young guns, in all pro sports, Iverson was a thorn in the side of everyone when he was young and needed no one.  Other players, fans, management, coaches, you name it, he angered them.  Now at the end of his career and he still wants to play, he has a choice of China or Turkey.  No one even showed enough interest to call him.  Retire old man!



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:38 pm
 

Report: Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

It's not that far from the US.............What?  Look at a map, it's the other side of the freaking world.  Now if he means lifestyle wise, yeah, it's closer than China, but dam!  This should teach all the young guns, in all pro sports, Iverson was a thorn in the side of everyone when he was young and needed no one.  Other players, fans, management, coaches, you name it, he angered them.  Now at the end of his career and he still wants to play, he has a choice of China or Turkey.  No one even showed enough interest to call him.  Retire old man!



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Report: Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

Let this be a lesson to every young player that feels like their talent can overcome or replace hard work in achieving sustained success in the NBA.  If Allen Iverson spent any time in the gym or weight room, away from the daily casino or night club trips, he'd still be a contributing player in the NBA...  It's pretty sad when you think of it, that such a beloved character in spite of his attitude issues can be cast aside like this.  Just another in the long line of past NBA stars who now have to actually work for their money, because they wasted it when the going was good...

I think we can all say that Iverson's talent was far greater than that of Steve Nash's.  But look at the work Nash puts in on the side, and therein lies the difference...



Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2010 1:52 pm
 

Report: Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

Truly one of the greatest players of the last 30 years.   This is much bigger than Dominique Wilkins or Bob McAdoo finishing their careers in Europe.  This is a first ballot Hall of Famer going there.  From what i've read he spent the summer training with other NBA pros so he'll probably do well in the EuroLeague.  He's far from washed up.  If he didn't have attitude issues all 30 teams probably would've gone after him this summer.


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