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Kobe Bryant reportedly breaks off talks with Turkish club

August 12, 2011 |  4:25 pm

Kobe Bryant

Not that this was ever going to happen anyway, but at least it's official.

Kobe Bryant won't play for Besiktas in Turkey.

So says a report from, which adds that negotiations between the Turkish team and Bryant's agent Rob Pelinka eventually stopped because the organization's unspecified financial proposals remained "too low." What makes this report significant compared to the others that were forever skeptical about the possibility that Bryant would play there? This report sourced Obrad Fimic of Alti Sport, who was negotiating with Turkey. In all the other developments on this story, Besiktas name-dropped Bryant whenever convenient and still held out optimism over signing the Lakers star even when it appeared unrealistic.

As far as Bryant himself, he's stated he would "play anywhere," but that's obviously going to require enough money and endorsement possibilities to justify the risk of injury, fatigue and jeopardizing his three-year, $83.5-million contract with the Lakers.


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Photo: Kobe Bryant goes up for a reverse dunk during an exhibition game against Filipino players in Quezon City on July 23. Credit: Dennis M. Sabangan / EPA