The Jazz's Jeremy Evans and Derrick Favors have no plans to play overseas during the NBA lockout and are sticking to their offseason routines. Same for former Utah guard Earl Watson, who'll be an unrestricted free agent (UFA) when the 2011-12 season starts.
Ex-Jazz center and UFA Francisco Elson explored a few international opportunities but none came to fruition. "Just waiting like everyone else," Calvin Andrews, Elson's agent.
Former Utah center and UFA Kyrylo Fesenko is making progress while recovering from an offseason knee injury. "Simple procedure and he is feeling good," said Stu Lash, Fesenko's agent. A timetable has not been set for Fesenko's return, but he is expected to be ready when the 2011-12 season begins.
Besiktas defeated Turk Telekom by a final score of 97-88 on Sunday behind strong performances from Deron Williams and Marcelus Kemp.
Williams finished with 23 points and eight assists, while Kemp had 25 points and seven rebounds. Semih Erden had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Mehmet Okur had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Turk Telekom. Darius Washington had a game-high 29 points on 16 shots.
Williams and Okur were longtime teammates with the Jazz until the former was traded to the Nets last February.
Jazz guard Raja Bell said Wednesday he is exploring the option of playing overseas during the NBA lockout. Bell confirmed a statement by his agent Herb Rudoy, who said that, "Nothing is imminent, but we are weighing some opportunities." Rudoy would not reveal the teams or countries his client might play for, and Bell conceded tit is still early in the process. However, he acknowledged that Italy, Spain and Israel would be ideal locations. Salt Lake Tribune
The veteran Jazz guard wants to sign with a good, well-run team instead of getting a paid vacation. "I have two kids, with a third on the way and a family," Bell said. "If I go over there, I'm going to work." Salt Lake Tribune