Will Kobe Join D-Will In Istanbul?

SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 10: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks with Deron Williams #8 of the Utah Jazz after Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2010 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The off-again, on-again talks between Besiktas, Deron Williams' Turkish team, and Kobe Bryant are apparently on again. Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman says "It is a fact that Kobe Bryant’s managers have contacted us" after the club signed Williams last week. Previous reports had Bryant asking for five times what D-Will agreed to.

Besiktas had its finances frozen last week as part of a massive soccer scandal in Turkey, one in which 40 individuals, including two from Besiktas, have been jailed.  Ataman says on the club’s website Thursday that Bryant is waiting for an offer from Besiktas. He says the club would need a sponsor to be able to pay for Bryant’s contract.  Bryant already has an endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines. 

But Adrian Wojnarowski tweets, "Besiktas has credibility issues with soccer scandal, history of properly paying players. Makes it harder to get corporate sponsors for Kobe".

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