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Nets All-Star Guard Deron Williams Arrives In Istanbul

New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (C) arrives at Ataturk Airport together with his family on September 8, 2011, in Istanbul. Williams has joined the Besiktas Basketball Team until the end of the NBA lockout. The lock-out, a nationwide strike, was announced on July 1 after the owners of the NBA franchises and their players were unable to reach an agreement over salaries. (credit: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (C) arrives at Ataturk Airport together with his family on September 8, 2011, in Istanbul. Williams has joined the Besiktas Basketball Team until the end of the NBA lockout. The lock-out, a nationwide strike, was announced on July 1 after the owners of the NBA franchises and their players were unable to reach an agreement over salaries. (credit: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams has arrived in Istanbul to start his stint with Turkish basketball team Besiktas.

The Istanbul-based club said the All-Star guard arrived Thursday together with his family. Williams has joined Besiktas until the end of the NBA lockout. Williams averaged 20.1 points and 10.3 assists for the Nets and the Utah Jazz last season.
Besiktas signed Allen Iverson last season, but the former NBA MVP only played 10 games because of injury.

Other NBA players that have signed to play in the Turkish league include Nets guard Sasha Vujacic, Darius Songaila of the Philadelphia 76ers and Nets draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic.

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