NBA Lockout: Deron Williams’ New Team Also Wants Kobe Bryant

With the NBA lockout in place, basketball teams in leagues around the globe are scrambling to acquire the service of NBA players. They are amongst the best basketball players in the world, and signing any of them to a deal would be a big boost to any team.

Turkish club Besiktas, the team that signed Allen Iverson last year, has taken full advantage of the availability of locked out NBA players. They have signed not one NBA player, but two!

Deron Williams, one of the best point guards in the league, has agreed to a deal with the team, as has Atlanta Hawks backup center Zaza Pachulia. Both are obviously good players, and will definitely make an impact for Besiktas.

Both Williams and Pachulia do have clauses in their contracts that allow them to return to the NBA the moment the lockout is lifted, however. If a new CBA is reached soon, then Williams and Pachulia may not officially play for the club.

Though they have clearly already made some very good acquisitions, Besiktas is looking to truly hit a home run. According to Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman, the team is also trying to add Kobe Bryant.

"If there’s a possibility, we’ll talk with Kobe if he’d like to play in Europe with Deron and with other guys to play we can talk with him," Ataman said. "If Kobe would like to play with us, we will also contact his agent and maybe with him."

This is an idea that may seem laughable at first, but has a legitimate chance of happening. The reliable Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported on his Twitter account that "Kobe Bryant is open to considering overseas offers".

That means that Kobe would most likely be open to contract negotiations with Besiktas. If they manage to strike a deal, they would have a team that would be nothing short of a powerhouse.

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