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Deron Williams isn't in Turkey still

Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:38 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Deron Williams was supposed to leave for his new Turkish team a week ago.
He didn't.

The reason? Via HoopsWorld, it was because of "passport troubles." And if everything is sorted, Williams is set to leave Wednesday to join Besiktas.

It's kind of those "We'll believe it when we see it" type of things. Because as last week's reports noted, Williams might get cold feet and use his former wrist injury as a solid excuse not to go or at least to cut it short.

Williams did say this recently about his journey to Turkey though: "I'm excited. I think it'll be exciting to go over there and play basketball, for one, while everybody else isn't. It'll just be an exciting time for my family. See a new culture."

You kind of have to actually go there to see it though. I'm sure Williams will at some point. He does have the opt-out clause and while there's a small sense of building optimism surrounding the CBA negotiations, nothing is close to done. Williams might be trying to wait and see how the recently scheduled meetings go, or he really just might be having passport issues.

He's supposed to leave today. So we'll see.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:51 pm

Deron Williams isn't in Turkey still

I think we haven't seen a large amount or even a small trickle of guys actually sign as of yet because there is still doubt as to whether there will be a season or not, guys don't want to commit to overseas when it is possible they can stay home, make a ton more money and play in the best league in the world.If the season was cancelled tomorrow, you would see a mass exit of players to various different over seas teams.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:15 pm

Deron Williams isn't in Turkey still

It'll be interesting to see what happens with Deron Williams.  Does he really leave or use his injury as an excuse to not go?  There hasn't been an NBA player worth anything that has gone yet... so we'll see what happens.  You'd think if these guys were really serious about playing basketball in a foreign country they would get there well in advance to settle in, get used to things, etc.   I've been overseas many times and i can tell you nobody adjusts to living over there very quickly.  It takes time, A LOT of time because it's not even comparable to the world these guys are used to living in. 

Either way regardless of what Williams does there won't be too many star players going overseas... way too much risk for so little reward. 

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