Kobe Bryant playing overseas has been mentioned numerous times during the NBA lockout, but every time there seems to be some sort of hurdle that gets in the way. The latest offer, coming from Italy, seems to be a deal that might have some traction.
Italian club Virtus Bologna has offered the Los Angeles Lakers' superstar $6.7 million to play in the country where Bryant spent the formative years of his life, according to a report from the Associated Press. The team has already inked Chris Douglas-Roberts for the upcoming season.
Massimo Faraoni, the team's general manager, told the AP that he's been on conference calls between Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, Bologna president Claudio Sabatini and main sponsor Canadian Solar, which would provide payment to Bryant.
Virtus has given Bryant four different contract options, stretching from the one-year deal to two-month and one-month options, and a per-game deal that would come out to $739,640 per home game.
Considering Bryant speaks French and is familiar with the country, this is probably the most realistic deal currently on the table. That doesn't mean we are any closer to seeing the Black Mamba playing a season outside of America, but at the very least, it's still an option worth keeping an eye on as the lockout progresses.