Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said he would consider playing overseas if the NBA lockout stretches into next season.
"If there's an opportunity there, I'd consider it," Wade said Saturday .
Asked at one point if he would consider playing overseas, Wade said, "I don't know. Our season just ended. I've got awhile before I start thinking about that. I'll leave it up to the powers that be, the people behind the scenes, to worry about that."
Wade's comment came amid reports that New Jersey Nets star point guard Deron Williams had reached an agreement in principal to play for Besiktas in Istanbul, Turkey, next season, if the lockout is ongoing.
Williams reportedly agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with Besiktas.
Hawks center Zaza Pachulia told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has a verbal agreement to play for the same Turkish team if the lockout is ongoing.
The NBA and the players union are far apart in talks over a new labor deal, and the sides haven't negotiated since June 30, the day before the lockout began.
YAO's AGENT MUM: Yao Ming's American agent would not confirm reports that the all-star center is retiring from basketball. But Yao has scheduled a July 20 press conference in Shanghai to reveal his future plans.
John Huizinga, Yao's agent, said Saturday night that he was "not in a position to confirm" multiple reports that Yao Ming had informed the NBA that he planned to retire.
Yao has been plagued by injuries late in his career, and missed a total of 250 regular-season games over the past six seasons.