John Holland Signs With Turkish Team

TUESDAY, 8:20am: Holland has indeed signed his contract with Besiktas, the team announced on Twitter (translation via Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia). Holland still needs to clear NBA waivers before he can play for the Turkish team, but that’s likely only a formality.

MONDAY, 4:10pm: The deal with Besiktas is for one year and doesn’t include an NBA escape clause, Holland’s agent tells Sportando’s David Pick (Twitter link). The agent says that Holland has put pen to paper, though the pact can’t become official until Holland clears waivers from the Spurs in two days.

SUNDAY, 8:36am: John Holland is close to signing a deal with Besiktas Integral Forex of the Turkish Basketball League, Klasspor reports (translation by Enea Trapani of Sportando). Holland is currently in training camp with the Spurs on a two-year arrangement that has a $20K guarantee for the first season. San Antonio would need to waive Holland before he could ink any deal overseas. No announcement from the Spurs has been made in regards to Holland’s status as of yet.

Holland spent his last three years as a pro playing in Europe after NBA teams passed on him in the 2011 draft, and saw action in France and Spain last season. He’s been a member of three NBA summer league teams in the past two years, joining the Thunder and Heat in 2012 and the Timberwolves last summer. The 25-year-old scored 10.6 points in 27.4 minutes per game for Gravelines in France this past season, making 33.3% of his three-point attempts.

San Antonio currently has 19 players on their preseason roster, and with 15 of those contracts being fully guaranteed, Holland has been a longshot to stick on the roster through opening night. He’s been competing with Bryce Cotton, Josh Davis and JaMychal Green for a shot at the final regular season roster spot.

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