Darius Songaila and Deron Williams sign contracts to Turkish Teams

Darius Songaila, the former Philadelphia 76ers power forward, has signed a one-yer deal worth $1.5 million in addition to bonuses with the Turkish Team, Galatasary, his agent said on Friday.

The no escape clause on the contract prevents Songaila from rejoining the NBA should the lockout end in time for all or part of the 2011-12 NBA season. Contractually, Songaila is committed to spending the entire season in Turkey.

Another Turkish league team, Besiktas, has agreed to terms with Nets point guard Deron Williams earlier this week which includes the option to return to the U.S. if the NBA lockout ends and games are played next season.

“Darius didn’t play a lot of minutes last season in Philadelphia and with the uncertainty surrounding the lockout, he wanted to make sure he’d play next season,” said his agent, Mark Bartlestein.

The 33 year old Songaila has played for five NBA teams over 10 seasons and recorded only 10 appearances last season due to the strong front-line rotation of the team. The Lithuanian national team may include him in their rotation this summer.

Galatasary Cafe crown lost 4-2 in a best-of-seven series to Fenerbachce Ulker in the Turkish League finals last month.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>