Deron Williams is looking at taking his talents to Turkey next season. The New Jersey Nets point guard has confirmed his interest in playing with Besiktas, according to ESPN's Marc Stein, which leaves one looming question: What's a Besiktas?
Besiktas ColaTurka is located in Istanbul and employed former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson last season. The team isn't regarded as one of Europe's better teams as it competes in the Eurocup, regarded as the league beneath the more famous Euroleague, and compiled a 19-11 record in Turkish league play last season.
Besiktas will once again try its hand in the Eurocup this season -- if they are able to advance past their qualifying draw against Belgium-based Dexia Mons this fall. The team will have to post wins against Dexia Mons in their games scheduled for Sept. 27 and again Oct. 4 in order to qualify for its seventh straight Eurocup regular season.
In that light, it will be interesting if Williams reports to the club in time to contribute in those games. Stein reports that Williams won't be required to report to Europe "before the end of August or early September," leaving just a few weeks for the NBA All-Star to find chemistry with his new Turkish teammates.
If they're able to make the Eurocup regular season, they will compete against teams such as Italy's Benneton, Hapoel Jerusalem, Lokomotiv Kuban out of Russia and Spain's Valencia, among others.
If Williams' potential new team isn't able to advance past the Eurocup qualifying games, the team will still play in the Turkish league, known as the TBL. The TBL is shaping up to be a rather impressive league this season considering last year's top American players, aside from Iverson, included former NBA players Sean May and Juan Dixon.