Wow, did not see this one coming. In a potential trend-setting move, Deron Williams has agreed in principle to play overseas for Besiktas, the same Turkish team that Allen Iverson played for last year. Though I’m sure the financial terms are nothing to write home about (no pun intended), it’s amazing to see arguably the best point guard in the NBA heading to Europe (wait, Asia? Eurasia? Yeah, we’ll go with that) to hoop until the lockout is over.
To be completely honest, I think this is a really cool thing to do. Besiktas has agreed to let D-Will ride out the lockout by playing with their squad, and once it’s over, he can go back to the NBA freely, no strings attached. I hope that other big-name NBA players (Kobe, perhaps?) follow precedent and do the same thing. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see a raucous Spanish League crowd chanting Kobe’s name or Lebron’s name after one of em’ slams home a mean dunk? I think it would be one of the coolest spectacles to see and would allow Europeans a first-hand look at what the best basketballers in the world have to offer. I’m all for the move, Deron.