If the NBA Lockout continues into the regular season “ESPN.com” is reporting that New Jersey Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams could have an interest in playing in Turkey. A report from “NTV Spor” says that D-Will has agreed to a deal in principle with Besiktas, the same club in the Turkey Basketball League that Allen Iverson played for this past season. According to the report Williams would not have to arrive in Turkey until late August or early September and that the deal would allow the point guard to return to the Nets as soon play resumes in the Association. Another player from the Association may join Williams on the team from Turkey as the report names Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia may play for Besiktas as well.
There could be a major stumbling block that would keep Williams from playing for the Turkish team during an extended work-stoppage; he still has two years left on his contract with New Jersey. The NBA or the FIBA could stop Williams from playing for Besiktas or any other pro-basketball team. If Williams is blocked from playing for the team from Turkey, then the NBA Players Association would almost certainly take the Association to court over the matter. It would be interesting to see how a court would rule in the case considering Williams will not draw a paycheck from the Nets as long as the Lockout continues. If Williams wins, then it could start a mass migration of NBA players going around the globe to play while the work-stoppage continues.