Turkish basketball team Besiktas, has reportedly suspended their courtship of Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant according to “ESPN.com” due to financial problems. The club that signed New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams to a contract for next season last week is embroiled in a scandal that has rocked Turkey, concerning soccer games that were allegedly fixed. According to “NTV Spor” that situation has tied up the team’s cash-flow and has stopped them from pursuing Bryant and other NBA stars.
Besiktas reportedly offered the Lakers veteran $500,000 a month to play for the team; however Bryant reportedly would want $ 1 million per month to play for the club. Apparently the club would need to get money from an outside source if they want to sign the former NBA MVP. The financial difficulties the team finds itself in will not affect the deal they made last week with Williams. According to reports the Nets point guard would earn $5 million from the team if he plays the entire season with them.
The contract does have an out-clause; which would allow the former member of the Utah Jazz star to return to the NBA once a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified. Although Williams signed the contract last week, he will need a letter from the FIBA granting him permission to play for the Turkish team as he still has two years left on his contract with New Jersey.