It looks like there is a lot of legitimacy to reports that New Jersey Nets superstar point guard Deron Williams is in discussions to play with Besiktas, a Turkish club team in Istanbul, during the NBA lockout. Williams' interest in Besiktas is mutual and real, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Williams' contract with the Nets ends after the 2011/12 season, and it remains a grey area as far as whether players can play elsewhere overseas in the event of a lockout. The Nets themselves are not aware of any offer Besiktas has given to Williams, a source told CBS Sports' Ken Berger. That doesn't mean the offer doesn't exist, though.
Besiktas is the Turkish team that employed Allen Iverson last season, so it has some experience with former NBA players. Williams, however, would be a much more radical acquisition, since he is still under contract in the NBA. Several players have casually mentioned trying to go overseas, but Williams is the first to actively explore it.