Kobe Bryant Still Working On Deal In Italy, According To Report

Kobe Bryant is still working on a deal to play with Virtus Bologna of Italy during the NBA lockout despite major hurdles, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Earlier Friday, Bologna's president told the media that the club and Kobe were 95 percent done with a deal, but later reports put the deal in peril as the Italian league refused to alter its schedule to allow Virtus to get Kobe for the right number of games.

But Wojnarowski reports that Bryant and Bologna are willing to share in the financial windfall the L.A. Lakers' star's arrival in Italy if it convinces the league to make schedule changes. Woj indicates that Kobe's camp has been working directly with the league, and that Bologna's bombastic president Claudio Sabatini has been making things more difficult.

Bryant would be the highest-profile player to sign overseas during the lockout. Deron Williams was the first to pull the trigger, signing with Besiktas of Turkey in July.

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