Turk Telekom Ankara Rumors
Former Boston Celtics Terrence Williams penned a deal in Turkey with Turk Telekom Ankara. Williams has played 29 games with the Celtics last season averaging 4ppg.
Then bonuses received by European players such as living quarters, car and/or driver, maids, expenses/utilities paid by the club, etc., may be added. These perks vary from club to club, but we can figure in that amount in addition to salary because NBA teams do not pay for such amenities. The 2.0 multiplier is actually in most cases a conservative estimate as in most cases, it is actually even higher than double in terms of difference between gross and net income. Using these bonuses from particular clubs, applying multipliers, and rounding the figures (as is customary among NBA agents), we get the following as the top 10 NBA salary equivalents in European pro club basketball. 1. Deron Williams – $10.3 million per season NBA salary equivalent. 2. Mehmet Okur – $10 million. 3 (tie). Nenad Krstic – $8.9 million. 3 (tie). Rudy Fernandez – $8.9 million.
Using euros as the currency, and figuring for net income, i.e. after taxes, as of September 25th, 2011, the top 10 highest-paid players in European professional club basketball for the 2011-12 season are: 1 (tie). Mehmet Okur, Turk Telekom Ankara – €3.5 million net income. 1 (tie). Deron Williams, Beşiktaş – €3.5 million. 3 (tie). Nenad Krstic, CSKA Moscow – €3.0 million. 3 (tie). Rudy Fernandez, Real Madrid – €3.0 million
Okur, 32, played in just 13 games last season for Utah while recovering from left Achilles tendon surgery. He also dealt with a variety of other injuries, including back pain and a sprained right ankle. The nine-year veteran averaged only 4.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 12.9 minutes while sitting out the final 33 games of the year. “He didn’t want to take the chance of the lockout going a long time into the season and he would’ve not played,” Fleisher said. He added: “This allows him to play right away and get his game back to where he wants it to be. Should the lockout end, he’ll be in a better position than many other players.”
Agent Marc Fleisher confirmed Wednesday that Jazz center Mehmet Okur has signed with Turkish professional team Turk Telekom. Okur could join the squad as soon as this weekend, and his contract features an opt-out option that will allow him to immediately return to the NBA as soon as the league’s lockout ends. “He didn’t feel that the option to go play in pick-up games are what he needed,” said Fleisher, who stated that Okur is close to 100-percent health and will be insured while playing overseas. “He choose this and it’s a good team. He knows the league very well and it’s a good opportunity for him to play at a high level. And when the lockout ends, he’ll come back and be rearing to go.”
The Utah Jazz center signed a contract today to play for Turk Telekom Ankara and will begin participating with the team from his country immediately, Okur’s agent Marc Fleisher told the Deseret News. Okur’s contract includes a provision that will allow him to leave the Turkish team to return to the Jazz when and if the NBA lockout ends this season. Fleisher said Okur, who is under contract with Utah through the end of the 2011-12 season, has recovered from his back issue and the left Achilles tendon injury that limited his court time last year. “He’s healthy enough to play now,” Fleisher said. Okur will immediately begin practicing and playing with Turk Telekom Ankara. The center looks forward to returning to the Jazz, though, as soon as the lockout ends. “The driving force behind this is him not having played for a while and wanting to get back on court and finding a rhythm,” Fleisher said. “He wants to get ready sooner than later so he’ll be in a better position to contribute immediately (in the NBA).”