Besiktas Had Entered Talks With Lopez?
Besiktas wanted a big man from the NBA even before Cleveland Cavaliers forward Semih Erden suffered a thumb injury in the win over Gottingen. According to various media reports in Turkey, Besiktas also entered into talks with Williams’ New Jersey teammate Brook Lopez this week while waiting on (Lamar) Odom’s decision.
But Aktas reported earlier Thursday that Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman preferred Odom even though Lopez is more of a traditional center. Besiktas can sign only one more foreign player in addition to Williams.
Odom, though, stood out to Besiktas for his versatility, his friendship with Williams — with whom he shares agent Jeff Schwartz — and a contract that’s manageable insurance-wise for Besiktas.