NBA Rumors: Allen Iverson to Sign with Turkish Team Besiktas

Shane DePutronCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 10:  Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during a game against the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena on December 10, 2005 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Sixers defeated the Nets 107-95.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Yahoo! Sports has reported that Allen Iverson is close to signing a one-year contract, worth up to $2 million, with the Turkish team Besiktas.

After seemingly holding out for an NBA offer, AI has apparently seen the writing on the wall and decided to assess his other options.

Previously he had been contacted by a number of Chinese basketball squads, however, he is allegedly fascinated by the potential to play in Istanbul.

Nevertheless, to a basketball fan, the idea of Iverson in Turkey just seems strange.

Furthermore, it's odd that the only reason as to why he has not yet signed with Besiktas is because he is insisting on a contract clause, stating that the team will not be able to fine him more than one percent of his total salary.

Consequently, it seems that the only possible reason AI is going to play in Turkey is because of the money, especially following his recent string of personal problems (a sick daughter, a divorce, and gambling and drinking issues).

However, due to all that Iverson has done for the NBA, one can only wish him the best. 

His tough demeanor, warrior mentality, lightning quickness, unique ability to score in bunches, and rebellious attitude will always be remembered as a key component of the post-Jordan NBA and popular culture.

Unfortunately, many will now believe that AI is significantly tarnishing his legacy by going abroad, rather than retiring, and that may very well be true.

But regardless of the effect on his legacy, hopefully, he will now be able to follow in the footsteps of another cast-aside NBA emigrant, Stephon Marbury, in successfully transitioning to his new life in an international basketball league.