Deron Williams Heading to Turkey: The First NBA Lockout Domino to Fall? - July 19
After playing at the America Century Championship golf tournament Friday night, Deron Williams confirmed what had been reported since the NBA Lockout began on July 1.
"Just made it official, headed to Turkey," Williams tweeted. The New Jersey Nets point guard also tweeted an image of his signature on the contract that is reportedly a 1-year deal worth $5 million.
This announcement could be monumental and possibly set a precedent for established NBA superstars looking to head overseas, assuming the lockout is prolonged as many expect. Many marquee players have said they are open to the possibility of heading across the Atlantic if the negotiations of a new CBA are dragged out. That decision also comes with many concerns though.
What happens if Williams suffers a season-ending injury while playing for Besiktas and is unable to play for the Nets once the lockout ends? Will the NBA players union even allow Williams or any other big name players currently under contract to play in Europe?
If Williams does suit up for Besiktas, he will likely go head-to-head at some point with fellow former Illini point guard Demetri McCamey. Mersin of the Turkish Basketball League has signed McCamey to a 1-year contract. After going undrafted last month, McCamey decided to play professionally in Europe rather than waiting for the lockout to end and hoping to catch on with a NBA team during training camp.
Now all the other Turkish Basketball League teams should make runs at Dee Brown, Luther Head, and Chester Frazier. Anybody know what Frank Williams is up to? Maybe Derek Harper still has some spring in his step...
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@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
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