Iverson close to a deal with Beşiktaş, reports say
ISTANBUL - Daily News with wires | 10/25/2010 12:00:00 AM |
Basketball great Allen Iverson is set to sign for Turkish basketball side Beşiktaş Cola Turka, according to Yahoo Sports
Basketball great Allen Iverson is set to sign for Turkish basketball side Beşiktaş Cola Turka, according to Yahoo Sports.
The website reported late Sunday that the former NBA star accepted a $4 million deal from the Istanbul club.
The move is set to be finalized on Tuesday, according to the site.
A director of the club confirmed that a deal is close, but did not say it would be completed on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old - who starred for the Philadelphia 76ers for 10 years from 1996-2006 and was MVP in 2001 - is expected to fly to Istanbul in 10 days time and sign a one year contract with the option of extending it by a year according to Şeref Yalçın, who also said that the figures were not as high as it was said on the Yahoo Sports website.
"I am going to the United States on Friday for a final face to face meeting with him (Iverson)," Yalçın told Turkish agency DHA.
"Unless there is a massive difference of opinion, we think he will come to Istanbul in 10 days.
"Our agreement is for a year with the option of extending it by another year. We have agreed wages of 1.5 million dollars for the first year, to which will be added a bonus of 300,000 dollars on his passing a medical after arriving in Istanbul," he added.
Iverson, who is 17th in the NBA all-time scoring list with 24,368 points, only played three matches last season for the Memphis Grizzlies before re-signing for Philadelphia.
However, despite joining them again his agent had mentioned in September that a Chinese club was interested in offering him a contract.