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phlp_bj
08-09-2011, 10:39 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is in the early stages of contract negotiations with the same Turkish team that has signed Deron Williams and has been pursuing Kobe Bryant, according to Durant's agent.

Agent Aaron Goodwin told ESPN.com on Tuesday night that he has met with officials from Turkish club Besiktas and has likewise begun exploring opportunities for Durant in Spain and Russia. Goodwin added that playing in China is not something Durant is considering at this time.

"The Turkish option is very intriguing," Goodwin said. "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 newspaper VATAN has reported that Besiktas -- if ultimately rejected by Bryant after weeks of trying to get the Los Angeles Lakers' star swingman to commit to join New Jersey's Williams at the Istanbul club in the event of an extended lockout -- will shift its focus to trying to sign Durant.

Goodwin said that another one of his clients, Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford, has also attracted interest from teams in Turkey.

"The Turkish teams," Goodwin said, "have been real aggressive."

Two weeks ago at a WNBA game in Tulsa, Durant told the Associated Press that he's "about 50-50" on playing overseas if the lockout delays the start of the season.

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/6848759/oklahoma-city-thunder-kevin-durant-early-stages-contract-negotiations-turkish-team-agent-says

NBA_Starter
08-09-2011, 10:40 PM
These guys are going to play somewhere.

RZZZA
08-09-2011, 10:44 PM
why is everybody going to Turkey? Aren't there other countries out there with basketball leagues?

LakersMaster24
08-09-2011, 10:56 PM
Those damn Turks sure got a lot of money.

lakers4sho
08-09-2011, 11:25 PM
why is everybody going to Turkey? Aren't there other countries out there with basketball leagues?

If these players go to real basketball cities, the competition will be harder and it might force them to [ over ] exert themselves, which I don't think they'd want to do with the risks of injuries.

If they play at some lower level league, they can just coast through and have the occasional highlight plays, while making money.

Swashcuff
08-09-2011, 11:27 PM
why is everybody going to Turkey? Aren't there other countries out there with basketball leagues?

Because Allen Iverson revolutionizes everything he touches. He leads they follow. Simple as that. :cool:

gwrighter
08-10-2011, 12:18 AM
All of these players are blowing smoke, trying to advance CBA negotiations.

LionsFan..LOL
08-10-2011, 12:42 AM
I say if they are giving you the option to play and the money you want, you have every reason to jump ship and play in Turkey/China/w/e else

NYKnicksAllDay
08-10-2011, 01:52 AM
Well this isn't surprising at all to me. If I were in their position I'd probably do the same.

Hellcrooner
08-10-2011, 03:00 AM
they are talking with small turkish team because no respectable team from a good league would accept deals ( specially expensive deals) in wich the player can go and leave them in the midst of the season.