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Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: July 7, 2011 2:45 pm
 
Posted by Matt Moore and Ben Golliver. deron-williams

Update (2:43 p.m.): Ken Berger throws some water on the fun, citing an agent with connections in Turkey who says "I'll believe it when I see it."

Update (11:00 a.m.)
:
 ESPN.com reported Thursday that "sources with knowledge of Deron Williams' plans confirm his intent to play for Besiktas in Turkey if lockout continues."

Original Post:
A Turkish television station is reporting Thursday that Besiktas, a Turkish professional basketball team, has an agreement in principle with Deron Williams to play for them during the lockout.  

Yowza.

Williams, who is under contract for 2011-2012 with the New Jersey Nets, would have to obtain FIBA clearance before heading to Istanbul. A source informed Ken Berger of CBSSports.com Thursday morning that the Nets had not been made aware of any such offer. That does not preclude such an offer from having been made, just that the Nets aren't aware of such an offer, though you would think they'd have some idea of the legitimacy if things were this far along. 

Williams heading overseas would be the kind of substantial move from an All-Star that could actually put the fear of God into ownership. If a wide enough swath of players are able to make decent money overseas during the lockout, that kind of takes the bite out of the lockout, the entire point of this ridiculous power play. Essentially, the owners' ability to starve the union out would be mitigated, even with lesser players unlikely to be offered similar contracts. If enough players can find ways to create income and keep the union's position strong, the owners lose their biggest power position.

The flip side is that Deron Williams is playing in Turkey, though I'm sure Istanbul is very nice. With a wife and new daughter, that can be draining in terms of travel, though probably not moreso than the normal amount of travel he does during the course of the NBA season. Additionally, television reports of this nature are often sketchy and it wouldn't be the first time an international team has leaked information about a possible signing of a major American player before the chickens were hatched. We'd advise a healthy dose of skepticism here. 

Williams would join Allen Iverson among point guards labeled (under false pretenses or not) coach killers who have played in Turkey for Besiktas. FIBA has not released an official statement regarding their plans for clearance during the lockout.  

(HT: IamaGM.com)
Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

Greed always forces us to these places, each one gets a little worse. Labor has been and is being devalued. I feel the owners now look at NBA franchises with the same jaundiced eyes of a Red Mc Combs and see a car wash, vending machine or a Twinkie. Some of us can't tear our eyes away from the drama of free throws late in the game while the predatory eyes of the owners can't stop wahtching us. If you can find that picture it will tell you all you'd care to know. I think it goes deeper but that's another day. The speed, power, grace and strength of Bron, Dwight, D-Rose, J Kidd, Dirk are all now inferior to the people who play with numbers rather than friends. Globalism bites us all. Purple Pride!



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

as for money, just play the game....you already have 5 Bently's what more do u need....
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Seriously, learn punctuation.





Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

here's the deal....NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL will always be the elite ...there is no replacing it...every year there are new college grads, new 18 year olds, and new talent for the future....never going to change....let's get it straight and make it simple....the professional organization is on top....the owners next right below...then the players...and the fans make all possible....that is it....everyone is human...no one forces a player to play or a coach to coach....playing professional sports is a job, plain and simple....just like anyone else who has a job....some work where they love what they do...others work just to make ends meet....if workers do not perform to their expectation they get fired....that is it...this whole lockout deal is egotistrical greed....nothing more, nothing less....it seems to be the bottom of the totem pole teams that encourage the lockout....owners with passion for the game want to play....its the moment the corporations got involved with the league when all goes down hill....naming a stadium after a corporation that has nothing to do with the game, is where the problem lies....a team is for the city....thus everything about that team should incorpoate the city....as for money, just play the game....you already have 5 Bently's what more do u need....



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

we know the networks will pick up the games for tv in america. The owner better be careful.

What should the owners be careful of? Why should they care?  You think the players making money overseas is going to scare the owners? The writer is a moron too.... I can't believe he said this would scare the league one bit let alone put the fear of God in them like he said... 

The NBA as a league has gotten killed for years.  Even the union's monkey math has the owners losing 170 million dollars last year.  Why would a league losing money lose one night's sleep over a strike or lockout?  Do you people honestly believe these players will permanently move their families overseas to play basketball?  Give me a break...

There are owners overseas that have already offered NBA players more money in one season then some will make in 5 seasons in the NBA and more then some will make in a career.  There is an owner of a teem in Greece that has more money then any NBA owner has who already said he would pay a guy like Lebron or Kobe 100 million dollars to spend 2 years in Greece.  Don't know if you people have been there but besides all the sudden financial troubles in Greece right now that country is gorgeous.... it has everything a person could need to raise a family yet only the scrubs agree to go there.  You think suddenly Turkey is going to be the player's choice?

I'll laugh my ass off if a player making big money goes to Turkey and gets hurt.... that'll void his NBA contract in a second... they'll never see another dime of their money.....  The NBA has nothing to worry about at all....nothing.  Every missed game is money in their pocket.... remember, they are LOSING money, not profiting.  



Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

Much larger injury risk playing football in the CFL and Arena leagues plus they are not paying anywhere near what the NFL pays or what overseas basketball leagues pay.



Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

Do it Derron!  Start a domino effect for the rest of the league!  The NBA and David Stern are jokes anyways.  I don't have an NBA team to root for anymore anyways since they took our Sonics....so I could care less if the lockout continues or top players go play in Europe.  NBA is irrelevant anyways until the playoffs.


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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 3:18 pm
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Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

Go get your loot play!!!

I have one question, if this is a legit threat then why wouldnt NFL players have done the same with the CFL and arena leagues?  I'd think some of those owners would jump at the chance to bring in a big NFL name.  Obviously the threat of injury is greater but the players would still see some legit $.  The NFL lockout appears to be over so this is a moot point but I just don't see NBA all-stars going overseas, uprooting from the US and risking injury for some side cash.  The elite players have too much to lose and plenty of $ to live very comfortably even if there is no NBA season next year.



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

Go get your loot playa!!!




Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

I have one question, if this is a legit threat then why wouldnt NFL players have done the same with the CFL and arena leagues?  I'd think some of those owners would jump at the chance to bring in a big NFL name.  Obviously the threat of injury is greater but the players would still see some legit $.  The NFL lockout appears to be over so this is a moot point but I just don't see NBA all-stars going overseas, uprooting from the US and risking injury for some side cash.  The elite players have too much to lose and plenty of $ to live very comfortably even if there is no NBA season next year.


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