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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: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

Yeah, Nate .... that is pretty shallow. You have no idea what it takes to be an owner, do you? I have at least a small idea of what goes on in the background of owning an NBA team and it is nowhere near what you are making it out to be.



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

i don't understand why people are getting so upset that players are going to europe to play while the lock-out continues, he will go back as soon as the lockout ends which i think will be around december time, i wish more nba players would go to europe like kobe,dwight and so on and kobe has a sponsorship with turkish airlines which sponsors the euroleague, and he lived in italy as a kid so it might be appealing to him if an italian team offered him a short term contract while the lockout continues, i would love to see that happen personally.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

Nate - That may be the dumbest thing I've heard concerning the lockout.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

I hope it's true and the first of many NBA stars signing deals. The NBA is about the players and the owners are just along for the ride. I'm tired of hearing about the owners are the one's taking the risk, that's not true. Owning a team is nowhere near the risk of starting a restaurant or some other type of business, NBA owner's are buying into an established product that is successful. The system does need to be tweeked a little because contracts are too long and too many scrubs are getting big money and some small markets are probably losing money, but the owners better be careful trying starve the players because the players can make money without them.  If I'm the players I start barnstorming around the U.S. and world, a lot of fans especially overseas will pay money to see Kobe, LeBron, DRose, and others.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:12 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.



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

The first of many I hope!  Grilled corn is great!



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:58 am
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

I'm not surprised by this, nor do I think the owners would or should be. You honestly think players are just gonna stay home? They may be locking the players out, but they don't have a lockdown on the market. The game has expanded globally, with Stern's help as a matter of fact. Expect to see more of this.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:57 am
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

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

Original Post:
A  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 , 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. 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 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.  

 

Maybe he'll go there, get the coach fired, then get hurt. 



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:45 am
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

This is my new favorite player, i hope several follow, smile about that stern......



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:43 am
 

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

His hair still looks like its spray painted on though.


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