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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

NBA lockout to benefit Turkey


With the NBA stuck in a lockout that could last for months, NBA players are looking for other playing options with the Turkish NBA the likeliest destination for most top stars.

It looks like NBA Commissioner David Stern won't fight players moving to Europe during the lockout. He said players are free to do what they want, as was the case with the league's last work stoppage in 1999.

New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams became the first major NBA player to take up this option as he takes his talents to Istanbul. Williams has agreed to join Turkish team Besiktas in the event of a lengthy lockout.

There's a track record of NBA players working overseas, former Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury plays in China while Allen Iverson signed with Besiktas last year.

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