A report from Senol's station, NTV Spor, early Thursday that claimed Williams had signed with Besiktas ripped through the web, drawing as much skepticism as interest. The coach's confirmation of talks was the first on-the-record acknowledgment of talks, and lent a good dose of credence to the proceedings.
The coach, Ergin Ataman, said that the club and Williams were "close to an agreement." The coach also said that Williams would be the biggest star in Europe; that is no overstatement.
Of course, even if a deal is agreed to, Williams would be in New Jersey suiting up for the Nets should the NBA lockout end before the start of the regular season. There's also the matter of FIBA approval for the deal with Besiktas, given that Williams is under contract with the Nets for next season; that might rely on Nets approval for the deal, which might be a challenge to get even as the Nets do everything in their power to convince Williams to sign an extension beyond the 2011-12 season.
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