Deron Williams to reportedly consider playing in Turkey
Williams agent Jeff Schwartz confirmed to ESPN Thursday his client made an agreement in principal to play for Turkish ballclub Besiktas. It is reportedly a one-year, $5 million deal that will allow Williams to opt out as soon as the 2011-2012 season begins.
AHN Sports Staff
Newark, NJ, United States
July 7, 2011 10:14 pm EDT
Sports, Basketball, National Basketball Association
New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams is reportedly considering a playing stint in Europe if the NBA lockout persists this year, a source close to the hoops star disclosed Thursday.
Williams’ agent Jeff Schwartz confirmed to ESPN Thursday his client made an agreement in principal to play for Turkish ballclub Besiktas.
It is reportedly a one-year, $5 million deal that will allow Williams to opt out as soon as the 2011-2012 season begins.
According to Schwartz, the deal will be finalized in the next 24 hours, making Williams the first American-born NBA player to make a commitment with a European squad since the work stoppage a week ago.
Besiktas, who previously signed Allen Iverson last season, are also reportedly close to signing Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia.
The Turkish ball club is also trying to add Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in an effort to form a formidable backcourt duo.
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