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Turkish team, Iverson still talking; “penalties” seems to be issue

Oct 15, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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A decision could come any day now, but Allen Iverson is still talking about taking his talents to Turkey to play for Besiktas Cola Turka, according to the Associated Press.

Sanem Helvacikoylu, in charge of foreign relations for the team, said Friday that Besiktas is a big club and has conditions in the contract, including “penalties.” She would not elaborate.

But Turkish media has reported that Iverson asked to be exempt from penalties or he would agree to pay a fixed minimal amount.

Helvacikoylu says the talks are ongoing “without interruption.”

To be clear, “penalties” are fines. Which is what we heard was the stumbling block before.

This also tells you exactly why NBA teams have not jumped at Iverson (well, this and how he played and acted last season): He is concerned about how much money Besiktas could take away from him to the point of it putting a deal in doubt.

It could be talk of money should Iverson get an NBA offer, although from what we’ve been told that shouldn’t be much of a concern.

It also could be more of not an “I’ll be good so I won’t get fined” situation, it’s a “let’s limit the inevitable fines so it doesn’t cost me too much” situation. That attitude tells you all you need to know about Iverson now. Larry Brown is right, this is a little sad, but you notice Brown isn’t jumping in to help. Not a coincidence.

  1. cp3nola - Oct 15, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    The “Penalties and Fines” are directly related to Iverson not losing money if he leaves during the season to sign with an NBA club (should an offer actually come in). Do your homework. Stop the hate.

  2. tubal22 - Oct 15, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    So why would any team pay him millions to entice him to come and play for them, if he can just leave whenever he wants to play in the NBA (not that any NBA team will sign this primadonna).

    I say make him conform to the standard contract. Otherwise, don’t sign him.

    He’s the one looking for a job. People aren’t looking for Iverson. He doesn’t have many bargaining chips.

  3. metalhead65 - Oct 16, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    good for the turks!I hope they do not back down to this jerk,make sign a regular contract just like everybody else. I am pretty sure he will be making alot more than the average guy there but why should he play by different rules?it’s a job buddy you do what they say and get paid. not their fault you blew all the money you made. and if he didn’t why would he be playing in turkey of all places? nobody wants him in the nba because he is a washed malcontent who still thinks he is “answer”

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