Thursday, November 24th, 2011 at 10:45 am  |  8 responses

Brook Lopez to Play With Deron Williams in Turkey?

According to Turkish media, the Nets’ big man will soon ink a deal with Deron Williams’ lockout squad. Per Ball in Europe: “Could Beşiktaş finally have found the elusive big man the Eagles’ management has pretty much been seeking since signing Deron Williams? Turkey-based Kartal Basket reports this afternoon that a deal has been struck between the TBL team and locked-out New Jersey Net Brook Lopez and will be officially announced within the next two days. A number of reports in recent days had the Beşiktaş search linked with names like Kevin Love, Luol Deng, Lamar Odom, Nene and Marcin Gortat, but Lopez made for reportedly a somewhat less expensive option than Odom or Gortat, for example.”

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  • Anthony

    should ove been did that

  • 23

    Less expensive than gortat?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    That’s pretty cool, two NBA teammates get to work on their chemistry overseas.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Geez, what is it, national Turkey day or something?!?! =D

  • BBaller

    I would of thought Russia is where the similar NBA pay checks would be. Or even the Spanish league.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Bballer: partly correct.
    But in each of the big european leagues (Spain, Russia, Italy, Turkey,Greece, France and Serbia/Croatia) there are Tycoons or Companies who bankroll the top teams.
    Besiktas, if memory serves me well, is backed by a businessman who has his hands in the liquid gas industry etc.
    Salary caps etc vary (if at all existent) from country to country, so it’s no surprise to see well funded teams like Barcelona, Pana, CSKA, Maccabi T.A. make it far domesticaly and in the Euroleague. The difference in Budgets between top teams and bottom feeders is ridiculous.
    That’s how Besiktas, Galatasary, Efes and a few others in the turkish league are affording expensive NBA (and other national team) players. Right now the following are balling in Turkey alone:
    Vujacic, Ilyasova, Williams, Erden, Sefolosha, Pachulia, Okur. With Odom soon to join Besiktas, this makes 8 NBA guys playing for the some of the top 6 teams in the TBL. (16 teams total)
    Money talks.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber


  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Seems Lopez is out and Lamar signed in his place instead. (better fit anyway, great rebounder, not many in Europe that can limit him, solid on D)
    Cue the *Kardashian in a Bazaar* jokes.