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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
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.
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).”