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.