On Sunday, we learned that Kobe Bryant's flirtation with Besiktas of Turkey had ended. But in the immediate aftermath, Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Kobe is mulling offers from teams in China.
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.
What's Kobe looking for? Roughly $1.5 million per month, which is a sturdy chunk of cash for a mid-rung league. It's unclear how willing to negotiate Chinese Basketball Association teams (or the league itself) are, and whether Kobe could be paid by sponsors as was rumored to be the case for Besiktas. (Deron Williams, who signed with Besiktas, will be paid by a sponsor.)
It's worth noting that now-retired Yao Ming, who has made a great deal of money in NBA salary and endorsements, owns the Shanghai Sharks of the CBA. It'll be interesting to see whether he gets involved for the wooing of NBA stars to China.