Deron Williams… Welcome to Istanbul

7 Jul

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By RJP Staff

There’s been wide speculation about who would and wouldn’t play in Europe in the event of an NBA lockout.

Well now we’re locked out, and beginning to see some players positioning themselves to make money this fall.

Just this past Sunday, Ex-Piston and unrestricted free agent, DuJuan Summers signed with Italian club Montepaschi Siena. Summers, who showed promise when given significant playing time, was buried on the bench behind Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, and T-Mac. After drafting Duke SF Kyle Singler last month, the Pistons decided not to extend Summers a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Players like Summers and maybe a few mid-level exception type talents are the ones most expected to see overseas, not All-Stars. Well Deron Williams, just changed all that. His new agent, Jeff Schwartz, has confirmed a report from Turkish sports outlet, NTV Spor, that Deron Williams has struck a deal with Besiktas to play ball in Istanbul during the lockout.

Besiktas is going hard right now, if you’ll recall this is the same team that signed Iverson last fall, is close to signing Hawks C Zaza Pachulia, and is even interested in Kobe!

Terms of the deal have yet to be released, but word on the street is it’s a deal for one year, in the “low seven figures”, including an immediate out that would allow him to return to the NBA once the lockout has concluded.

Williams is one of the top 5 point guards in the NBA #stamp, and over the past three seasons has more 20-point, 10-assist games than anyone in the NBA – that includes Chris Paul, LeBron James, and Steve Nash.

He is definitely a superstar, and as a superstar, needs to protect himself and the $34 million in guaranteed money he’s due over the next two years, as his contract doesn’t protect him against injuries overseas, meaning he should have Besiktas pay for insurance on the remainder of his current NBA contract, as part of the deal.

Sources say that Williams would not have to report to the club before the end of August or the beginning of September. Will he be the only NBA superstar to decide to play overseas this fall? If a multitude of top-flight NBA players were to sign contracts in Europe, it would undoubtedly put more pressure on the owners to come to a deal, but it’s uncertain how many players will follow Williams’ lead, or how many Euroleague teams even have the capital to lure over the stars AND allow them to walk away from their deals once an agreement is reached like Besiktas.

Our guess? You may see up to five All-Stars sign overseas, but not a bevy of All-Stars and former All-Stars… European teams just don’t have the money for that, and unless they’re all going to insure these players’ remaining guaranteed money and allow them to walk away come the end of the lockout, it becomes an opportunity that’s just not worth a few mil.
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4 Responses to “Deron Williams… Welcome to Istanbul”

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