HoopsHype Besiktas rumors

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And Odom, sources said, is giving the offer real consideration after Minnesota's Kevin Love turned down the chance over the weekend to join Williams with Istanbul-based Besiktas. ESPN.com

The 27-year-old endured a slow start with the Istanbul club this season, including a dismal effort in a Eurocup Qualifying Round defeat to Dexia Mons-Hainaut when he made just six of 28 shots in the two-legged tie. But against Göttingen, Williams hardly put a foot wrong, drilling 17 of 23 attempts from the floor. He even made seven of 10 shots from long range. Ergin Ataman, the Besiktas coach, said: "Deron Williams, such an extraordinary player, put on a superior performance of a different level for the first time." FIBA.com

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As time and hope for salvaging an NBA season continue to dissipate, Turkey’s top team is engaged in serious talks with Kevin Love and Luol Deng about joining point guard Deron Williams in the Turkish Basketball League. “I’ve been going back and forth with Deron on it,” Love told Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears on Friday. “I’ll be making my decision in the next couple of days.” Yahoo! Sports

It’s possible Besiktas will sign the first player willing to agree to a deal, but a source briefed on Besiktas’ strategy believes team officials prefer Love. Williams and Love share the same agent, which plays a part in the preference. Yahoo! Sports

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