You can be sure of one thing: this is not the way Mikhail Prokhorov envisioned globalization would work.
With the dust settling following yesterday's dramatic news, here is the basic outline of the deal as currently known.
Deron Williams will likely agree in principle Friday to play for Besiktas Cola Turka in the Turkish League next season for as much as $5 million. A press conference is expected sometime next week somewhere in the United States. He won't have to join Besiktas until late August or early September, and can leave once the lockout is over. As part of the deal, Besiktas, known as the Black Eagles, will provide him with a personal assistant, body guard and driver. His family will join him in Turkey.
Meanwhile, the Nets continue to plan for free agency in hopes of keeping D-Will around after the lockout ends. Fred Kerber reports "Two unrestricted free agents, Denver's power forward/center Nene and Detroit's small forward Tayshaun Prince, will be the Nets' prime targets when the lockout ends. Kris Humphries is a priority to re-sign -- but only at a reasonable price".
- Deron Williams Reaches Deal to Play in Turkey - Howard Beck & Pete Thamel - New York Times
- Nets' Deron WIlliams will play in Turkey if the lockout drags on - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Nets guard Deron Williams agrees in principal to deal with team in Turkey - Mitch Lawrence & Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Nets' Williams will play overseas if lockout is long - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Deron Williams, Nets point guard, jumps overseas to play in Turkey - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
- David Stern is playing hardball with no apologies - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
- Nets' Williams may play in Turkey - Alan Hahn - New York Newsday
Agent: Deron Williams eyes Turkey - Marc Stein - ESPN
- Kobe willing to hear foreign offers - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- Playing in Europe during lockout isn't savvy, it's dangerous - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
Taking Their Talents To Turkey? - Sekou Smith - NBA.com
- Locked-out NBA players unlikely to follow Deron Williams' lead overseas - Sam Amick - Sports Illustrated
Turkish team has special sponsor to pay for Williams - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports