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Kobe Bryant Verbally Agrees To Play In Italy During Lockout

The Italian club Virtus Bologna has reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Lakers star Kobe Bryant to play in Italy During the NBA lockout. “There’s still some things to arrange but at this point I’m very optimistic. I would say it’s 95 percent done,” is what Virtus president Claudio Sabatini told a local radio station during an interview. A source close to the negotiations said that the sides have settled on a $3 million contract for the opening 40 days says of the Italian league season. The contract would allow Bryant to return to the Lakers immediately if the lockout ends, and should last about 10 games. This deal is not set in stone because it has been yet to be signed. Bryant spent much of his childhood in Italy, and still speaks Italian fairly well. As a Lakers fan I have no problem with Bryant’s decision. But with Bryant being the face of the NBA, this can only strike fear into the hearts of “This lockout is just a publicity stunt” believers. This is starting to get serious and is just another sign that the NBA will most definitely miss games this season.

Here’s a list of some players who have already sign deals to play abroad during this lockout: Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Nicolas Batum (France), DeJuan Blair (Russia), Wilson Chandler (China), Earl Clark (China), Austin Daye (Russia), Chris Douglas-Roberts (Italy), Jordan Farmar (Israel), Rudy Fernandez (Spain), Danilo Galinari (Italy), Nenad Krstic (Russia), Acie Law (Serbia), Ty Lawson (Lithuania), Kenyon Martin (China), Patty Mills (Australia), E’Twaun Moore (Italy), Mehmet Okur (Turkey), Josh Powell (China), Brian Scalabrine (Italy), Kyle Singler (Spain), J.R.Smith (China), Sash Vujacic (Turkey), Von Wafer (Italy), Deron Williams (Turkey)