It appears that Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal may take his talents, appetite and size 23 shoes to Turkey next year.
With former NBA guard Allen Iverson making it cool to travel overseas when you’re no longer wanted in the best basketball league in the world, other past-their-prime stars are now considering the transcontinental move to be a viable option in the future.
Iverson’s Besiktas general manager has approached other NBA players (not named Adam Morrison) to gauge their interest levels about joining his ballclub in the near future.
Here are some quotes on the subject courtesy of Ajansspor that were translated by Hoopsnotes:
Seref Yalcin, GM of the Turkish club, said he was in the United States to meet with the center who said to him: “I want to be champion this season with Boston. But I’m coming to Turkey next year….”
“Some people will still come out and said ‘Shaq won’t come to Turkey’,” Yalcin added. “But the chances are very high.”
The Daily Heat certainly commends Shaq on keeping his global options open. Of course, you would think someone within his inner circle would remind him that he still has a player option on his $1.4 million deal with Boston next year. So unlike Iverson, who was blacklisted from the league and couldn’t even get a position as a team’s back-up water boy, nobody is really forcing Shaq to go overseas.
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