Kevin Durant Expresses Interest In Playing Abroad If NBA Lockout Continues

According to reports, Kevin Durant has expressed interest in playing overseas should the NBA lockout cancel any part of the 2011-2012 NBA season.

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Kevin Durant In Negotiations With Turkish Club Besiktas, According To Report

ESPN reports that Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is in contract talks with Beşiktaş, the Turkish team that recently signed Nets guard Deron Williams

The negotiations are in the beginning stages, and Durant's agent, Aaron Goodwin, is also investigating potential options for his client to play in Spain and Russia. Durant was recently in China for a promotional tour, but is not currently thinking about playing there. 

"The Turkish option is very intriguing," Goodwin said. "We're looking at other countries as well. Kevin hasn't agreed to play anywhere yet, but we're looking for the best fit."

The Turkish newspaper VATAN has reported that Besiktas -- if ultimately rejected by [Kobe] Bryant after weeks of trying to get the Los Angeles Lakers' star swingman to commit to join New Jersey's Williams at the Istanbul club in the event of an extended lockout -- will shift its focus to trying to sign Durant.

It seems unlikely that a decision will happen anytime soon. Durant said last month that he wanted to "take it slow" and see what happened with the ongoing NBA Lockout. Williams' early decision to sign to play in Turkey doesn't really appear to be similar to Durant's approach here.

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Kevin Durant Expresses Interest In Playing Abroad If NBA Lockout Continues

According to AP reports, Kevin Durant has expressed interest in playing basketball overseas should the NBA lockout carry over into 2011-2012 season. The young Thunder forward joins the litany of NBA stars that have voiced a similar resolution in the face of the oncoming negotiations.

"We'll see, I would like to try something new," Durant said Tuesday morning from a promotional tour in China. "But of course, my first option is playing in the NBA. So now I want to see how this lockout goes."

It seems as if last week's surprising development regarding Deron Williams' future has spurred on a myriad of likeminded sentiments. The New Jersey Nets' star announced to great shock that he had already arranged to play out a contract with the Turkish team Besiktas if the lockout forced cancellation of NBA games.

Nonetheless, Durant said that he will allow ample opportunity for a new collective bargaining agreement to be reached before he makes any new resolutions.

"If not, I will make a decision on where I am going to play basketball," said Durant, who added he's in no hurry. "I am going to take it slow, everybody's going to wait to see how this plays out. D-Will, you know, he made his decision quick and I am sure you are going to see a lot of guys kind of follow his footsteps. So, he's very brave to be the first guy to do it."

As these more of these proclamations continue to dribble out, it will be interesting to see the weight and conviction that the player's words carry. A unified union is the only way the players can succeed over the owner's bullishness, and superstars such as Kevin Durant backing any sort of burgeoning movement is paramount.

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