Allen Iverson is officially bound for Turkey. A media advisory sent last night said the former 76ers star agreed in principle to a 2-year, $4 million contract with Besiktas, a professional team in Turkey. He is expected to sign his contract this weekend and begin his overseas career the week of Nov. 8.

Iverson is expected to attend a news conference at 2 p.m. today at the St. Regis Hotel in New York.

Iverson, a four-time scoring champion in the NBA, spent the first 10-plus seasons of his career with the Sixers, then logged time with Denver, Detroit and Memphis before appearing in 25 games with the Sixers last season.

"It's sad, having him have to go to Turkey to finish his career," Larry Brown, his former Sixers coach, said the other day. "I wish there were some way I was in a position to help . . . You don't want to see him end his career this way." *

- Phil Jasner