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Thunder's Thabo Sefolosha agrees to deal with Turkish club

He does have an out clause that will allow him to return to Oklahoma City if the NBA lockout is settled.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 11, 2011
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/articleid/3612693/1/pictures/1534479">Photo - Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha has agreed to a deal with a Turkish team. He does have an out clause that will allow him to return to Oklahoma City if the NBA lockout is settled. Photo by The Oklahoman Archive
Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha has agreed to a deal with a Turkish team. He does have an out clause that will allow him to return to Oklahoma City if the NBA lockout is settled. Photo by The Oklahoman Archive

Zucker said Sefolosha's background and familiarity with the European style of play should help him adjust quickly.

“I don't think that he will face the same adjustment that a lot of big name American players are,” Zucker said. “His adjustment period will be significantly shorter than it would be for someone who has never played in Europe before.”

Byron Mullens became the first Thunder player to circumvent the lockout by signing overseas. But the 7-foot center returned to the states after less than a month in Greece playing for Panionios. Mullens said he “felt out of the loop not being here with my team.”

Starting power forward Serge Ibaka, according to one report, is now interested in signing overseas and playing immediately. But Ibaka, who helped the Spanish national team win the gold medal at the European Championship last month and played a season in Spain before joining the Thunder, has experience competing overseas.

The growing interest in making the leap across the Atlantic, however, perhaps is a telling sign of where players think negotiations with league owners stand.

“The latest update about the lockout, let's put it this way, it gave us no reason to pause,” Zucker said of Sefolosha's decision. “In the past, there would have been a reason to pause. What's been happening lately has shown us that this could pretty much go anywhere because I think we've hit the danger territory where anything is possible.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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