by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad
With labor talks making little progress, The People’s Champ is considering taking his game international. Kevin Durant has reportedly been in talks with the Turkish Club Bestikas, the same team that signed Deron Williams. While fans would hate to see Durant cross the pond, the possibility of the two playing together is exciting and sure to generate a ton of highlights.
The Oklahoman reports:
Durant’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, last month announced he was in negotiations with the Turkish club Besiktas. It’s the same organization that signed New Jersey point guard Deron Williams. Goodwin reportedly also has explored opportunities in Spain and Russia.
Durant had previously stated his intentions to make a decision by Oct. 1. The erratic nature of negotiations for a ratified collective bargaining agreement, however, has thrown off Durant’s timeline.
“I’ve thought about it before and I really was close to making a decision about doing that,” Durant said of possibly signing overseas. “But I kind of stopped a little bit once I heard things were kind of moving a little better with the lockout. But one day it’s good and one day it’s bad. You never know.”
With the start of the season approaching and no imminent deal anywhere in sight, the NBA announced Friday it has postponed training camps indefinitely and cancelled 43 preseason games league-wide. The Thunder lost two of its seven scheduled preseason games.
“I was shocked. The lockout is starting to be for real now,” Durant said. “Now that they’ve canceled some preseason games and postponed training camps, people are starting to really think (a lost season) can really happen.”