Having expressed interest in playing overseas during the NBA lockout before, Kobe Bryant seems to be getting closer to making the move a reality. The Lakers’ star discussed the offer made by Virtus Bologna with the Gazzetta dello Sport during a visit to Milan on Wednesday.
According to the Gazzetta, an Italian newspaper dedicated to sports, Bryant stated that “”There’s an opportunity that we’ve been discussing over the last few days. It’s very possible and that’s good news for me.”
This “opportunity” Bryant speaks of has been brought into public by Virtus. As told to The Associated Press, the offer at hand is $2.5 million for 10 games over a span of 40 days (Oct. 9 to Nov.16). That’s $250,000 per game and most likely around $1.5 million after taxes.
With a player as well known as Kobe Bryant possibly going overseas, this could spark interest in many other All-Star players. Derrick Rose recently expressed interest in going overseas, and Virtus also recently reached out to Manu Ginobli who played in Italy for four seasons before coming to the NBA. Maybe the other superstars will play follow the leader if this Bryant deal goes through.