Report: Nets’ Deron Williams To Play For Turkey’s Besiktas During Lockout
NEW YORK (WFAN) — Nets point guard Deron Williams isn’t going to let the NBA lockout stop him from playing pro basketball.
According to Turkish sports news station NTV Spor, Williams has an agreement in principle to play overseas in 2011-12 while the National Basketball Association hammers out a labor deal.
Williams’ alleged new team, Turkey’s Besiktas, also briefly employed former NBA star Allen Iverson last season.
But don’t worry too much, Nets fans. According to the report, Williams has a clause in his contract that will allow him to return to the states once a new collective bargaining agreement is in place.
Williams, who averaged 20.1 points and 10.3 assists last season for the Jazz and Nets, would have to be granted clearance from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) before suiting up for Turkey.
According CBSSports.com, a source told NBA insider Ken Berger on Thursday that the Nets were not aware of any Williams-Besiktas deal.
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