Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  10 responses

Kevin Durant in Negotiations With Turkish Team

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Ever since the NBA lockout began, there hasn’t been too much talk about Kevin Durant possibly taking his talents abroad.

According to Durant’s agent, though, KD may very well join Deron Williams in Turkey.

Besiktas, the Turkish hoops team, is in talks with Kevin Durant, apparently shifting its focus away from Kobe Bryant (who may be looking at heading to China, instead.)

ESPN reports:

Agent Aaron Goodwin told ESPN.com on Tuesday night that he has met with officials from Turkish club Besiktas and has likewise begun exploring opportunities for Durant in Spain and Russia. Goodwin added that playing in China is not something Durant is considering at this time. “The Turkish option is very intriguing,” Goodwin said. “We’re looking at other countries as well. Kevin hasn’t agreed to play anywhere yet, but we’re looking for the best fit.”

The Turkish newspaper VATAN has reported that Besiktas, if ultimately rejected by Bryant after weeks of trying to get the Los Angeles Lakers’ star swingman to commit to join New Jersey’s Williams at the Istanbul club, would then shift its focus to trying to sign Durant to play with Williams in the event of an extended lockout.

Jamal Crawford, another Goodwin client, has also been fielding calls from “real aggressive” Turkish squads.

CBS Sports reported earlier this week that as many as six NBA All-Stars were on the verge of signing deals with overseas teams. Could Kevin Durant be one of them? Only time will tell.

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  • http://facebook.com d00m

    FIRST!.. ha.

  • http://www.zpringbank.eu Jelte

    I will be booking a flight Amsterdam – Turkey if he does join them!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Future NBA MVP this dude.

  • http://gmail.com z

    I really feel like all the superstars need to do this after reading allenp’s article “who made who rich?” yesterday. this seems like the players’ only real leverage at this point–to make the money for someone, just not NBA owners. then maybe, MAYBE the owners will negotiate in good faith.

  • http://gmail.com z

    also, cosign gp23. Durant is probly gnna be the best scorer of his generation by far, and his potential to improve defensively is tremendous

  • Aizen

    @ Z – LOL…Durant’s potential to improve defensively is “tremendous” because there’s really no defense to begin with. Not hatin’ on KD, though, just stating his main flaw…

  • doyouwantmore

    One of the things that drew me into basketball was having players that were absolutely identified with one team. Larry Bird was a Celtic and he wasn’t going to be anything but a Celtic. The Knicks were absolutely Patrick Ewing. I don’t understand how kids watch players bounce around from team to team chasing money and get excited about the league anymore. The rivalries that kids follow these days are Adidas vs. Nike, Pepsi vs. Coke etc.

    Maybe Stern and the rest of the owners have done a TERRIBLE job because now the people running the league are a-holes at corporate giants who never picked up a ball in their life. The fans, the players, the coaches, the colleges — they all work for shoe companies now.

  • Remo Williams

    co sign doyouwantmore… you hit it on the head. Hopefully with this wave of young talent that trend changes. Keep Rose in Chi, Wall in Washington, KD in OKC, etc, etc.

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Germs

    Cosign Jelte. I’m in Turkey next October, so hopefully able to arrange something over there!
    @Doyouwantmore; couldn’t agree more with you. Make it one word: Loyalty.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    On that note, hopefully Dwight will stay in Orlando…But I do believe the league is in better hands with the upcoming generation (Durant/Rose/Wall etc) than it is in the current one’s (Wade/Bron/Melo/Deron/Stoudemire)