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Deron Williams' new team has its accounts frozen

Posted on: July 16, 2011 2:16 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2011 2:22 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Officially, Deron Williams has signed with Besiktas. You know how I know? He tweeted it. I think that's sort of how things get made "official" in these days.

But there could be some early complications. According to Draft Express, Williams' new team Besiktas has had its accounts frozen because of a connection in some soccer-match fixing scandal. Via Reuters:

A Turkish court jailed the coach and deputy chairman of Istanbul club Besiktas pending trial on Wednesday in a match-fixing investigation which has overshadowed preparations for the new soccer season, media reports said.

The Istanbul court has already jailed 26 people including the chairman of champions Fenerbahce, who feature highly in the probe, and the latest ruling targeted a second of the city’s “Big Three” clubs which dominate Turkish football.

Though he's signed to play there, Williams does have an opt-out clause, and some believe it's a stretch he'll ever actually play a game in Turkey. This little situation, however, adds a whole new angle to that. If Besiktas can't pay him, no way Williams goes abroad.

And it's a potential red flag to other players who are thinking about making the transition. Josh Childress already talked about all the headaches and hassles that come with playing overseas, and this is an example. Things just don't run as smoothly.

The basketball team hasn't had any kind of charges brought against it and isn't connected to this scandal, but the money all comes from the same place. And the money is obviously what's most important.

If Williams isn't going to get his pay, no way he's going to play.
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