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Darius Songaila signs to play in Turkey

Posted on: July 8, 2011 9:08 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 9:26 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Add another player to the slowly growing list of NBAers headed overseas. Darius Songaila, most recently of the Philadelphia 76ers, has agreed to a one-year deal in Turkey with Galatasaray worth $1.5 million, according to his agent.

The contract doesn't have an NBA opt-out clause, so Songaila is there for the year.

Of course this comes a day after Deron Williams made big news by signing a deal with Besiktas in Turkey, though Williams' deal includes an NBA out clause. Songaila, unlike Williams, isn't under contract with any NBA team as he was set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

"Darius didn't play a lot of minutes last season in Philadelphia and with the uncertainty surrounding the lockout, he wanted to make sure he'd play next season," his agent, Mark Bartlestein, told

Songaila is older at 33 and has played for five different teams over the last 10 seasons. He didn't play much for the Sixers though, appearing in just 10 games last season. And really, his role with any NBA team probably wouldn't amount to much more than that.

Galatasaray is one of Turkey's best teams, having lost four games to two to Fenerbahce Ulker in the Turkish League finals last month. 

Songaila, a native of Lithuania, plans to play for his national team as well this summer. 

The main thing to take from Songaila signing there is it just means there's $1.5 million less for a team to throw at another NBA player. It's not a major impact signing, but with every penny less there is in Europe -- and there's not as much money as people think -- the worse it is for mid-level NBA players.

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