Deron Williams Agrees to Play in Turkey

Deron_WilliamsDeron Williams is assured of work in case the NBA lockout leads to the shelving of the 2011-2012 season.

Williams’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, confirmed on Thursday that the New Jersey Nets player has reached a deal to play for Turkish club Besiktas, the same team that hired Allen Iverson in 2010. The New York Times said Williams may join the team in early September. The Turkish Basketball League will kick off its new season on September 27. Reports said Williams’s contract with Besiktas allows him to cancel the deal once the NBA lockout ends. Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman said team president Seref Yalcin would fly to the U.S. next week to officially announce the Williams deal.

Williams, who was selected third overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2005 draft, was traded to the Nets late in the 2010-2011 season. He averaged 15 points and 12.8 assists in 12 games for the Nets. Aside from Williams, Besiktas is also reportedly trying to pursue Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, and if possible, Ataman said the team may even pursue Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. “If Kobe would like to play with us, we will also contact his agent and maybe with him,” Ataman said.