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Kobe Bryant To Attend Meeting With Besiktas Officials

Kobe Bryant will attend a meeting with his representatives and officials from Besiktas, the club in Turkey that has already signed Deron Williamsreports Reuters (via ESPN L.A.). Previous reports indicated that Kobe's camp and Besiktas officials would meet July 30, but whether Bryant himself would attend was a mystery. That he will take the meeting indicates a level of seriousness to the situation.

If Kobe were to reach an agreement to play overseas during the NBA lockout, which is in its 29th day, it would be seen as a major coup for the players' union, which has encouraged its members to seek deals.

Besiktas' season begins in late September as the team is participating in the continental Eurocup competition, the second-tier interleague competition in Europe. Besiktas also plays in the Turkish league, with that competition beginning shortly thereafter. Williams will reportedly arrive in Istanbul for training camp in late August, provided the NBA lockout hasn't been resolved.