International teams, as a rule, rarely try to cross the NBA when it comes to grabbing players from their ranks during a work stoppage. But with the NBA-enforced player lockout possibly cutting into the 2011-12 season, one Turkish team is attempting to launch a salvo. Besiktas has reportedly agreed to terms with New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams(notes). Williams has agreed to play in Turkey if the NBA lockout extends to the fall.
This is a startling and risky move because Williams is still under contract to the Nets and due to make about $34 million over the next two years before becoming a free agent in 2013. (He also has a player option that could allow him to jump from the Nets in the summer of 2012 and opt out of the $17.8 million New Jersey owes him).