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Kobe Bryant offered $6.7 million to play in Italy

September 23, 2011 |  8:48 am

Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Wong Maye-E / Associated Press.

Kobe Bryant has been offered $6.7 million to play for Italian club team Virtus Bologna.

Virtus Bologna manager Massimo Faraoni has reportedly been on conference calls between Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, Bologna president Claudio Sabatini and main sponsor Canadian Solar, which would fund the deal.

Bryant lived in Italy for part of his childhood while his father, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, played there. Kobe Bryant speaks Italian fluently.

The team has given Bryant four contract options, from the one-year deal to two-month and one-month options, and a per-game deal that would come out to $739,640 per home game -- or about $600,000 after tax. (If he took the per game offer, he would be making about $200 per second.)

Bryant, who is set to earn $25 million from the Lakers next season, has also received interest from the Turkish club Besiktas and at least one team in China.

Bryant has said that he would consider playing abroad if the lockout persists. The NBA announced Friday morning that training camp has been delayed "indefinitely."

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--Melissa Rohlin

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Wong Maye-E / Associated Press.


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