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)
Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant have been teammates three times, twice as All-Stars and once as members of the 2008 gold medal winning Olympic team. Will they play together again in Istanbul for Besiktas, the team Williams has already signed with? Chances are about zero, according to sources close to the Laker legend.
There's been little indication Williams has tried to recruit Bryant and Bryant said Sunday that he hasn't spoken in weeks with Besiktas, a second rank Turkish club with a tiny arena. Williams hasn't been heard from since talking to Chris Broussard three weeks ago. Next weekend, he'll be at the University of Illinois for a hoops reunion.
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