2011 NBA Lockout Update: Nets Sasha Vujacic and Deron Williams Sign to Play in Turkey
It looks as though the New Jersey Nets may have yet another player traveling overseas, as shooting guard Sasha Vujacic joins point-guard, Deron Williams in the list of NBA players making deals to play overseas due to the 2011 NBA Lockout update. Both Vujacic and Williams have agreed to play with Istanbul teams in the case that there’s no NBA season due to the ongoing dispute between the Players and Owners.
As the National Basketball League continues to figure out the 2011 NBA Lockout situation, players seem to be looking for other ways to simply provide for themselves and their families. The former Los Angeles Laker has officially signed a one-year deal with Anadolu Efes, whom have won 13 national titles in Turkey, with an optional second year.
Last season, the soon-to-be Mr. Sharapova, averaged 11.4 points in 56 games. Vujacic finds himself a free agent during this lockout, leaving his options open. This means that even if the NBA comes to an agreement, Vujacic would not have to come back.
Fellow Nets’ player, Deron Williams has also made it official. On Friday, Williams signed with another Turkish team, the Besiktas. Last season, the All-Star averaged 20.1 points and 10.3 assists with the Nets and Jazz. Williams made it known via his Twitter account, posting: “just made it official, headed to Turkey…signed with Besiktas.”
The Nets point guard also posted a picture of the $5 million deal, allowing followers to view his signature on the deal. But unlike Vujacic, Williams still has one year left with the Nets and has included a clause in his contract where he will be allowed to opt out of the agreement as soon as the collective bargaining process comes to an end.
Another player rumored to be considering the option to play overseas is none other than the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade. When asked by reporters during a kid camp in Florida, Wade said: “I’m not ruling it out. At the end of the day, we get that itch as a basketball player. You want to play the game. I have no idea when I will get that itch.”