Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  9 responses

Deron Williams’ Contract in Turkey to Be Paid By a ‘Special Sponsor’

Besiktas head coach Ergin Ataman pooh-poohed reported instances of his team’s history of having issues paying its players, telling SI that Deron Williams’ deal — which may be worth up to $5 million — will be paid for by a mysterious team sponsor: “SI.com: Is money not an issue for your team? There have been instances in the past where players weren’t paid by your club and FIBA had to get involved. Ataman: ‘That is completely some speculation about this. Of course during the years with some agents, there was some problem about some situations, but in Besiktas club, also in football (soccer), we have a good team. We have Guti (Jose Maria Gutierrez Hernandez), we have Quaresma (Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo), we have Fernandes (Manuel Henriques Tavares Fernandes), they are the biggest names in the European soccer market. This is the same president, the same management. It’s not separated from Besiktas football and basketball. We don’t have any problems. Last year on our team … maybe sometimes there are some [checks] late — maybe one week, 10 days, maybe one month, only one time. But now, everybody can take his money. And in this situation, this is also completely different for Deron Williams because we have a special sponsor — a separate sponsor from the team. This is a different situation. This is not included in the club budget. This is a special situation, and also will be for Kobe and other star players if they come to play for Besiktas.’ SI.com: Do you care to say who the sponsor is for Deron? Ataman: ‘The president has many companies, and is one of the biggest industry [men] in Turkey, so he will decide which of these companies will sponsor for these players.’”

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  • Kas

    How about spending some of that money on English lessons?

  • Groves

    ^really, Kas, english isn’t his first language, he shouldn’t be expected to be good at speaking it

  • Kas

    English isn’t my first language either, but it’s pretty easy to learn. And he’s the coach of a major sports club with a lot of foreign players.. just saying..

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out to Mehmet Karamehmet…


    english is my third language and the easiest ish in the world. Watching cartoon network for 2 straight month and my english is crisp

  • JD

    errm guti, queresma, and fernandes the biggest names on the european football market, dream on

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

    Isn’t that great, D-Will getting special treatment. Someone or some company felt so sorry that he wasn’t making his 16 million that he just had to pitch in 5 million to help feed his family.

  • Marco

    lmao, it’s like saying that grant hill, eddie house and chuck hayes are the biggest stars in the nba…


    @ Joseph V

    Maybe William’s kids eat as much as Sprewell’s kids do? That $16 million might not be enough LOL.