With a current lockout looming over the National Basketball Association, players have taken steps to play elsewhere, this winter.

Deron Williams, who joined the Nets by virtue of a blockbuster deal in 2011, was the first NBA player to agree to a deal outside of the U.S., joining a Turkish team on July 7 for $200,000 a month.

Last week, Williams' fellow guard in New Jersey, Jordan Farmar, followed suit, signing a deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv, a professional team based out of Israel.

Earlier this week, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, both announced that they will be playing somwhere this winter. If the NBA Players' Association and owners do not reach an agreement by late October -- the start of the 2011 season -- both players plan to find a team overseas to play with.

LeBron James, another superstar for the Heat, however, said Wedneday, that he will not be travelling overseas. James, whose heat fell in the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks, said that he is confident that there will be a NBA season in 2011 and that he will remain in the United States.

In other off-season moves for the Nets, Gernal Manager Billy King has announced that the Barclays Center, the Nets state-of-the-art arena in Brooklyn, is on pace to be ready for the 2012-2013 season.

Reports say that the arena is about 60 percent completed, and King said that he is hopeful that the new arena will bring an economic boom to Brooklyn.

Williams' contract with the Nets is set to expire after the 2011-2012 season -- with or without any games being played. He is expected to be the Nets top priority this off-season.