Kobe Bryant, Italian League In 'Intense' Talks, Says Star's Management

Kobe Bryant's management released a statement alongside Virtus Bologna, saying that both parties are working "very intensely" to send the star to Italy. According to Bologna president Claudio Sabatini, a tentative 10-game, $3 million deal has been reached with Kobe's agent Rob Pelinka. Here's Sabatini:

"Everyone wants a positive outcome to the deal, the goal of which is Kobe Bryant's presence in Italy, economic interests for the 17 clubs in Serie A and more attention for all of Italian basketball."

The only thing holding up the deal at the moment is a scheduling issue. Bologna wants to have at least five home games during Kobe's 10-game stint, and try to book the biggest arenas they can for away matches. Such reshuffling obviously requires a lot of cooperation from smaller clubs who probably aren't too thrilled with the move.

Bryant must have a deal signed by the end of the week to be eligible for the Serie A season opener against Roma on Sunday.

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