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NBA Lines – Deron Williams Moving to Turkey

Posted by Ashley Carmichael on 7/19/2011 9:35:24 AM

New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams has reached an agreement in principle to play with Besiktas of Turkey next season if the NBA lines lockout persists.


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Jeff Shawrtz has confirmed that his client Deron Williams has reached an agreement with Turkish club Besiktas to join them if the NBA lines lockout persists. The agreement with the team would be for the duration of one year deal at $5 million. The contract would also stipulate that Williams would be able to return to the NBA should the lockout ever resolve itself midway during the season.

For quite a while now, Besiktas have been looking toward attracting NBA players to the Turkish League. Besiktas is the same Turkish team that Allan Iverson signed a two-year, $4 million contract with last NBA lines season, which was annulled when he sustained a calf injury. Their head coach Ergin Ataman has stated that the team also has a similar agreement with Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia.  The only question now remains is whether Williams will be the only player to leave the NBA, or if his move is the beginning of a mass exodus of NBA lines players overseas.

Vice president of the players’ union, Roger Mason Jr., has stated that other star players such as Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Kevin Durant have been also considering the option of playing in Europe.

Furthermore, Darius Songaila of the Philadelphia 76ers has already signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million (plus bonuses) with another popular Turkish club, Galatasaray. His contract, however, does not have an escape clause in which Darius can return to the NBA should the lockout terminate – he will be committed to Galatasaray for the entire 2011-2012 NBA lines season.

Sonny Weems of the Toronto Raptors is another player who has signed overseas with a contract with no return option – he signed with the Lithuanian team Zalgiris Kaunas.

NBA executives however, are doubtful that European teams have the financial muscle to sign many NBA players, or that they would allow their players to leave easily and return to the United States if the NBA season is salvaged. They say, if anything, it looks like many of the players who decide to play overseas would be mostly bench players, who would jump at the opportunity to play more minutes abroad.

Messina Mention: Deron Williams averaged 20.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game this NBA lines season.

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