Kobe Bryant has been offered an incredible $6.7 million from Italian team Virtus Bologna. What will the Los Angeles Lakers star do? Will he say yes to the lucrative offer?
General Manager for Virtus Bologna, Massimo Faraoni, told the Associated Press that he has had conversations with Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka, Bologna president Claudio Sabatini and Canadian Solar, the sponsor who would plunk down the money if the deal is a go. Canadian Solar is not part of the ‘negotiating table’, as said in a statement from the company, adding that the deal is being negotiated between Virtus Bologna and Perlinka.
Faraoni added, ”I think the fact that he’s lived in Italy makes this appealing to him.” Bryant had lived in Italy as a child, when his father, Joe Bryant, played for several Italian teams from 1984 to 1991. Joe is currently the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, where the WNBA team struggled this past season, ending with a record of 15-19 and did not make the playoffs.
Virtus has put four different contracts on the table for Kobe. They range from the one year deal to two month, one month, and a per game contract where he would pocket roughly $740,000 for each game played. Cha-Ching! Of course, should the NBA lockout ends, it’s back to La La Land for Kobe, no problem.
Over the summer, Bryant was in talks with Turkey and China about the possibility of playing there, and guess what? Kobe will be in Italy next week, but it’s not because of the big bucks offer, he will actually be there on behalf of Nike to do some promo work.
Virtus Bologna’s season begins October 9. What do you think Kobe will do? Will he sign with Virtus in some capacity, perhaps the per game deal? Or should he not risk injury and just stay put? Let’s discuss! Leave me a comment below.
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