Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 11:33 am  |  12 responses

Report: Zaza Pachulia Plans to Join Deron Williams in Turkey

A bunch of media outlets in the US are now confirming the report that Deron Williams indeed has a deal in place to hoop in Turkey during the NBA lockout, and apparently so does Zaza Pachulia. From ESPN: “Players under contract like Williams would typically need a letter clearance from FIBA — the sport’s world governing body — to play anywhere else. But the NBA Players Association has privately maintained for months that it intends to legally challenge any attempt by the NBA or FIBA to block a player such as Williams from playing elsewhere while the NBA has imposed a work stoppage. ‘If they try to stop him,’ one source said of Williams, ‘the union will fight it.’ The bigger risk for Williams is injury-related, especially after he was plagued by a wrist injury throughout the second half of last season after the Nets acquired him from Utah on Feb. 24. The guaranteed money Williams is owed by the Nets would not be protected in the event of injury overseas, meaning that either Williams or Besiktas will have to make insurance arrangements that protect him against long-term injury. NTV Spor also reported Thursday that Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia plans to join Williams with Besiktas as well.”

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  • AD

    brook lopez should join to… maybe he’ll learn to rebound

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    You can’t say Brook and
    rebound in one sentence c’mon now

  • http://www.zpringbank.eu Jelte

    I heard Ricky Rubio is planning to play in Europe too? This kid needs some career planning advice.


    Jive Turkey!

  • http://dsjfklf.com Jukai

    Why does Rubio need career planning advice? He signed his rookie deal pre-scaled CBA and is now balling in Europe till the lockout. Seems like he’s been pretty damn smart with his cash.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Kobe-Deron-Zaza = Miami Heat: Turk Version


    ^ Could they win a Turk chip?

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    ^They storm through the tournament and fall to… Turk Nowitzki’s team.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    la huey ftw

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Kobe = Miami Heat Turk Version


    @LA Huey: You had me at they storm through.

  • JD

    cant wait for next season now it will be very interesting to say the least