Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  31 responses

Deron Williams Agreed to Play in Turkey During NBA Lockout

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Sooner or later, a high-profile NBA player will ink a deal with an international squad to keep the paychecks coming in during the lockout.

And according to a Turkish media outlet, that day may already be here.

NTV Spor reports that New Jersey Nets star point guard Deron Williams will suit up for Allen Iverson’s old Turkish hoops squad (Beşiktaş Cola Turka), as he waits for the NBA lockout to end.

Ball in Europe has the details:

Beşiktaş Cola Turka, briefly known as the team employing Allen Iverson (remember him?), has reportedly agreed to terms with another, perhaps more reliable American NBA baller.

Turkey-based sports news outlet NTV Spor announced today that Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets will be joining the TBL club for the 2011-12 with an out clause, should the NBA lockout end.

It’s not explicitly clear yet if NBA players can actually sign with teams in other leagues during the current work stoppage. For the time being, there’s also no telling just how reliable this report about Deron Williams having an agreement in principle to head over to Turkey is.

UPDATE: Several news media outlets have confirmed the Turkish TV report that DWill has agreed to a deal, and Williams may have an NBA teammate or two join him across the pond. Wild times.

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  • http://zarky01 zarky


  • Jer dawg

    If true, do your thing Deron. He’s committed to stay ready in case the lockout ends. Sure, it’s risky just playing hoops anywhere outside of his employer.

  • Deron Williams

    BillKnebelThis just in…Lebron is on the cover of 2K12. They are gonna have Lebron moments like they had Jordan moments in 2K11. There will be “The 8 Point Game”, “The My Life is Better then Yours Game”, “The No Handshake Game”, “The Delonte West Game”, “Crygate”, and “The Game 2 Celebration Game.” You also have to get swept against the Spurs in the Finals.

  • http://vandelay-industries.org Art Vandelay

    Oh please…

  • Mas

    He is no longer employed. The owners locked the all out. So no need to worry about the owners at this point.

  • T-Money

    The NBA would lose that case 10 times out of 10. You can’t lockout employees and then prevent them from earning a living by other means.

  • AD

    he been said he was gon do this when he was traded…… As a nets fan.. i dnt mind cuz hes working out that wrist and gettn better….. Playn in turkey is basically practice for him so why not get paid.

  • Jeremy

    More reliable? Deron Williams…. hmmm. In their primes, I would take Iverson every day of the week over Deron. The guy seemed more into making Allen look dumb than anything else.

    Good luck Deron, but his stature in NBA lore is.. non existant.

  • Lochness

    Why all of a sudden he wants to play basketball? He quit on the Jazz and pulled a Randy Moss with the Nets.

  • MikeC

    I heard rumors of Vince going there to. That would be kinda cool to watch. At least until the league starts up again!

  • http://Brcopes Brooks

    @Jeremy: he’s considered one of the top two guards in the L today, Nonexistent? please.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRROpiNAvPw EJ

    I would probably still somehow fail those Lebron moments.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRROpiNAvPw EJ

    …oh wait, that’d be a good thing


    Jive Turkey!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    This is a minor league in Turkey. If they can convince a major NBA star to come through and play, it could give the lockout a whole new dimension. If stars willingly take these sort of part-time gigs for lesser money, then it weakens the pressure the league can put on the players to a certain degree. While it’s true that there are not enough spots for every player in the NBA to plsy overseas, if enough of them do it, particularly the big names, it threatens the “uniqueness” of the NBA.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    If a truesuperstar like Kobe went overseas it would cut the length of the lockout in half. One thing business men don’t like, is other people benefitting off of their product, without a fee.

  • Marcus Bastos

    Good and smart move. I hope more NBA’s players take the same path. The Brazilian Basketball League (NBB) is just waiting…

  • JD

    Thats great, hope lots of other nba stars follow him across the atlantic, this could be europes big break

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    See…the NBA may lose the case, but the players are still under contract for one club that normally plays concurrently. That is the main problem.

  • All Day

    There won’t be a 2011-2012 NBA season…it’s time for a EuroLeague Pass, son!

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Is AI not on the roster anymore? He signed a 2 year contract.

  • K- Fizzle

    It’s not about the money. They should love the game. This is stupid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    AI signed a 2 year deal he should be able to play.

  • baykusreyiz

    mamma la turchi


    Were there all-star players on the level of Deron Williams playing overseas in the last lockout? I honestly can’t remember. Strange, and interesting, times we live in.

  • coggie13

    @brooks and A.I is one of the top 10 guards all time.

  • dsleepy

    that lebron comment cracked me up. props.

  • http://basketballjunction.blogspot.com/ Joseph V

    Haha about the LeBron 2k12 comment. I hope it’ll be D-Rose though.As far as Deron Williams, I say he should play in Turkey just to keep his skills up and shouldn’t let any owner or coach tell him he can’t. But if a new CBA is reached and the season is saved, will he be able to cancel his overseas contract and come back here?

  • Herbert


    May be you skipped the article.
    that’s why there will be an ‘out clause’ for his contract
    there will be no conflict.
    once NBA lock out is over. Deron’s contract with the Turkish team will be over .

    “Williams of the New Jersey Nets will be joining the TBL club for the 2011-12 with an out clause, should the NBA lockout end.”

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Personally, I think Tyson Chandler should sign with the Melbourne Tigers and average 32 alley-oops and 21 blocks per game in the NBL.
    Who do you all think Ricky Rubio will sign with?
    Ho ho ho.

  • JD

    barca again probably.