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We’ve seen a lot of rumours about NBA players going to play in Europe if the lockout continues into the fall. But this one beats them all.The Turkish team, Besiktas, that reportedly signed Deron Williams now has its eyes on Kobe Bryant.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the story:
[Beskitas coach Ergin] Ataman will travel to the United States with Besiktas management officials next week to trumpet the signing of Williams, and wants to arrange a meeting with Bryant and Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka, he told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday afternoon.
“After we signed Deron, we started to look around and find a friend of his, find other NBA stars, who want to come over and play with us,” Ataman told Yahoo! Sports. “If Kobe wants to play with Deron in Istanbul, we can discuss this.”
The Turkish team had a little trouble paying its players last year, so exactly where the money to sign multiple NBA players is coming from is unclear.
In addition, basketball’s governing body, FIBA would have to OK any deal between current NBA players and European clubs. And considering FIBA’s apprehension to tick off the NBA, that seems unlikely.
Source: Yahoo! Sports
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