Bryant considers China a likely option

As reported by Yahoo Sports, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is engaged in a more serious contract talks with teams in China than he is with Turkish team Besiktas.

Should the lockout drags on, Lakers' Kobe Bryant could play in China.

ESPN reported that Bryant was supposed to have a meeting last Saturday with the Turkish team to sort out contract issues.

However, a source close to Bryant said he hasn’t had conversations with the Turkish team in two weeks, and labeled Bryant’s chances of playing with Besiktas at “zero percent.”

Bryant, sources said, is still listening to offers to play overseas during the NBA’s lockout, and considers China a more likely option.

He has exchanged proposals with Chinese teams, and one source said it’s unlikely Bryant would accept any deal that pays him less than $1.5 million per month. Bryant would be free to rejoin the Lakers as soon as the lockout ends.

Bryant, a source close to him said, also has become irritated with Besiktas officials making public proclamations on that status of talks with him.

Bryant was in Washington over the weekend to participate in a celebrity soccer game held by Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra.

He recently returned from a three-week trip in which he spent time in China as well as the Philippines where he played in two exhibition games.

Besiktas already has agreed on contract terms with New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams to play next season in Turkey until the lockout ends. Former NBA star, Allen Iverson also played for Besiktas last season.

Bryant said during his recent trip to China that he would consider playing in China or Turkey during the lockout.


6 thoughts on “Bryant considers China a likely option

  1. NBA stars are trying the “Slap in the face” approach. They maybe silent about the lockout, but expressing their desires to play elsewhere if the lockout takes longer should speak volumes.

  2. I must say, Kobe has good taste. Almost everybody loves Chinese food, he don’t what to expect (about food) if he chooses to play in Turkey!

  3. I believe Kobe is really serious about playing in China (for the right price of course!) if the lockout takes longer than expected. He is visiting China quite a lot these days.

  4. This further give Kobe a chance to become a multi linguist . What with speaking Italian , English and some Spanish …… ah well it’ll also boost his profile from a commercial standpoint as well . Hopefully Kobe is bright enough to master the command of Mandarin and Cantonese ? It’s not as if he needs the money to begin with is it ? The players at the lower rungs know that not being covered by their respective teams in terms of insurance they’re in a precarious situation .

    tophatal …………

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