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BlackMambaKB24
11-23-2011, 04:10 AM
in other lockout news....




The Turkish team that features New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams is pushing now to add Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom to its roster, according to sources close to the situation.

And Odom, sources said, is giving the offer real consideration after Minnesota's Kevin Love turned down the chance over the weekend to join Williams with Istanbul-based Besiktas.

Besiktas has been trying for days to acquire a top-flight big man to pair with Williams, who erupted for 50 points Tuesday in a EuroChallenge game. Yet in that victory over Gottingen of Germany, Besiktas lost Cleveland Cavaliers forward Semih Erden to a thumb injury that only increases its need for a frontcourt boost.

Besiktas has also talked to Chicago Bulls teammates Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer about a contract that would include an out to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends, but the insurance costs in both cases appear to be prohibitive given that both players have expensive long-term contracts. Boozer has four years and nearly $61 million left on his contract, while Deng is still owed just under $40 million over the next three seasons.

Other players on Besiktas' radar, according to NTV Spor in Turkey, are Denver Nuggets free agent center Nene and Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat.

It's believed that Gortat -- owed just under $22 million over the next three seasons -- is highly interested in the job, which is why he has been widely described in Turkey as the most likely newcomer from the NBA to join Williams. Odom's contract, though, would be the most manageable insurance wise for Besiktas, with just two years left worth slightly more than $17 million, but only a partial guarantee in 2012-13.

Odom turned 32 earlier this month and is considering whether to accept the proposal, sources said. Odom is well regarded in Turkish basketball circles following his strong play in Istanbul in the summer of 2010 for the victorious Team USA at the World Championships.

NTV Spor reported Friday that Love and Deng were Besiktas' top two targets in their hunt for an elite forward to play alongside Williams.

"I didn't feel it was the right decision for me at this time," Love said Sunday in explaining his decision to pass.

Love, however, did say playing abroad if the lockout drags on "is still very much an option" he's considering.

Boozer is reportedly open to making the jump to reunite abroad with Williams, his former Utah Jazz teammate, if the insurance obstacles could be sorted out. But questions remain about Besiktas' budget after two WNBA stars (Amber Harris and Jantel Lavender) recently left the club's women's team in a dispute over late payments.

Yet the fact remains that such doubts about finances did not prevent Besiktas from landing Williams amid considerable skepticism, or making well-publicized runs during the summer at Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Besiktas also briefly employed Allen Iverson last season.



link: http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/7272136/sources-turkish-team-besiktas-seeking-pair-los-angeles-lakers-lamar-odom-new-jersey-nets-deron-williams

-i think REST is what all our players need...altho if we are not gonna have a season then he might as well go for it and keep his skills sharp

numba1CHANGsta
11-23-2011, 04:56 AM
I miss watching Laker basketball :(

Law25
11-23-2011, 05:37 AM
I miss watching Laker basketball :(

This. :cry:

lakers4sho
11-23-2011, 10:52 AM
Not sure if this is a good move politically. Isn't he married to someone of Armenian descent? And aren't the sisters actively fighting for the recognition of the genocide?

Margie
11-23-2011, 12:34 PM
Lamar better get a job so won't end up like Kris Humphries!

Chacarron
11-23-2011, 02:03 PM
Not sure if this is a good move politically. Isn't he married to someone of Armenian descent? And aren't the sisters actively fighting for the recognition of the genocide?

That's a good point.

LakersMaster24
11-23-2011, 07:20 PM
Not sure if this is a good move politically. Isn't he married to someone of Armenian descent? And aren't the sisters actively fighting for the recognition of the genocide?

This.

I mean, Kobe got bashed for signing the Turkish Airlines deal, imagine what Odom will go through? Playing for the Turks while being married to an Armenian?

Chronz
11-24-2011, 01:34 PM
Kobe got bashed for that?

lakers4sho
11-24-2011, 02:01 PM
yeah apparently it was made a big deal by Armenians here in LA

LakersMaster24
11-24-2011, 04:01 PM
yeah apparently it was made a big deal by Armenians here in LA

I am probably one of the few Armenians in the world that didnt get offended by that...I mean Kobe is not Armenian, he has nothing to do with the genocide so it doesnt mean anything to me.

However, Odom is a little different. Just because he is married to someone of Armenian descent. I wouldnt even be mad at Lamar, but more at Khloe.

lakers4sho
11-24-2011, 04:08 PM
yeah, either way I don't see this as a good move. There are plenty of other places to play if he really is itching for some hoops.

Chacarron
11-24-2011, 04:11 PM
Odom should go play for FC Yerevan. :shrug: :D

Great_Cornholio
11-24-2011, 04:51 PM
:facepalm:Nba

LakersMaster24
11-24-2011, 08:34 PM
Odom should go play for FC Yerevan. :shrug: :D

:laugh:

lakers4sho
11-24-2011, 09:30 PM
:laugh2:

shouldn't it be "BC"? I thought FC stood for Football Club :shrug:

Chacarron
11-24-2011, 09:44 PM
It should, but teams don't do it. FC Barcelona's bball team, for example, is Regal FC Barcelona.

Chacarron
11-24-2011, 10:17 PM
Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom has reached an agreement in principle to sign with Besiktas of Turkey and team up overseas with Nets star Deron Williams, according to sources close to Odom.

Final details will not be sorted out before Friday, sources said, but Odom has indicated that he plans to join the Istanbul-based team as early as next week if the NBA lockout continues.

Sources told ESPN.com that the deal would pay Odom in excess of $2 million if he spends the rest of the season with Besiktas. The deal -- first reported in Turkey by NTV Spor and local journalist Mete Aktas -- will include an opt-out clause to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends, same as in Williams' contract.

Source: ESPN LA (http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/7277119/los-angeles-lakers-lamar-odom-besiktas-reach-agreement-sources-say)


And there you have it.

lakers4sho
11-24-2011, 11:00 PM
cool...best of luck to him. Williams and Odom should be fun combo, more like a lite version of Magic and James Worthy.