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Deron Williams, Besiktas Agree To Deal: NBA All-Star Plans To Play In Turkey

Deron Williams Besiktas Turkey

First Posted: 07/07/11 12:46 PM ET Updated: 09/06/11 06:12 AM ET

NBA star point guard Deron Williams is reportedly planning to join Turkish club Besiktas during the NBA lockout, according to Ismail Senol of Turkish TV network NTV Spor.

Ismail Senol broke the story early Thursday, reporting that Williams has agreed in principle to a deal that would allow him to return to the NBA once the lockout ends.

ESPN's Marc Stein confirmed the report, saying that Williams won't be required to join the team before the end of August.

Williams, who is under contract with the New Jersey Nets for the 2011-12 season, will most likely need a letter of clearance from FIBA to play elsewhere.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Williams will make $200,000 per month.

The Turkish television station also reported that Hawks center Zaza Pachulia is also planning on joining the Turkish club.

Besiktas is widely known for signing former NBA star Allen Iverson to a two-year deal in 2010.

Williams, 27, was traded from the Utah Jazz to the Nets in a multi-player deal in February.

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