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Your Morning Dump… Kevin Durant is talking Turkey

Chuck - Red's Army August 10, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is in the early stages of contract negotiations with the same Turkish team that has signed Deron Williams and has been pursuing Kobe Bryant, according to Durant's agent.

Agent Aaron Goodwin told ESPN.com on Tuesday night that he has met with officials from Turkish club Besiktas and has likewise begun exploring opportunities for Durant in Spain and Russia. Goodwin added that playing in China is not something Durant is considering at this time.

"The Turkish option is very intriguing," Goodwin said. "We're looking at other countries as well. Kevin hasn't agreed to play anywhere yet, but we're looking for the best fit."

The Turkish newspaper VATAN has reported that Besiktas, if ultimately rejected by Bryant after weeks of trying to get the Los Angeles Lakers' star swingman to commit to join New Jersey's Williams at the Istanbul club, would then shift its focus to trying to sign Durant to play with Williams in the event of an extended lockout.

ESPN – Agent: Durant in negotiations

Way to go, KD. Mega-stars signing overseas can only put pressure on the owners to end this lockout. 

But what about the rank-and-file? There are some 300+ players in the NBA. I'm pretty sure there isn't room for everyone to play in Europe, China, Russia and the Middle East. It's these guys who are more likely to be living paycheck-to-paycheck and suffer financially. Won't the union have to respond to they start bitching about not-playing?

I want more from the union. Their PR/Marketing strategy during the lockout has been awful. Could it be they know the owners are taking a major hit? 

The rest of the links:

Sun-Sentinel: No overseas offers for Heat Big 3 | LA Times – Artest to play in England | NY Daily News – Judge dismisses Shaq kidnapping/sex tape suit

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