If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas in the next few months, you may want to check if your favorite casino has a book for International basketball; because if that is the case you may want to put lots of money on Turkish team Besiktas if the NBA Lockout lasts the entire season. The club has already inked New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams to a deal and have had negotiations with representatives for Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant. Word came down on Wednesday according to “ESPN.com” that the team is now reaching out to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.
The website has reported that VATAN, a newspaper from Turkey has reported that if things go south with Bryant that the team will put on a full court press to try to get Durant to sign his name on the dotted line. Of course the contract would have to contain an NBA out-clause as the All-Star is property of the Thunder.
Durant’s agent Aaron Goodwin told reporters that he was impressed with Besiktas presentation. The agent said “The Turkish option is very intriguing. We’re looking at other countries as well. Kevin hasn’t agreed to play anywhere yet, but we’re looking for the best fit. The Turkish teams have been real aggressive.”
Reportedly Goodwin has had conversations with teams in Spain as well as Russia concerning his client. Goodwin said that Durant is not interested at the present time about checking into playing in China, where Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire seem to favor. The report also stated that Turkish teams are talking with Atlanta Hawks sixth-man Jamal Crawford, who is another client of Goodwin’s.