Kobe Bryant Offered $6.7 Million by Italian Team

With NBA camps and preseason games already shelved due to an ongoing lockout, an Italian team is hoping to land arguably the biggest star in the league today.

Virtus Bologna has dangled a $6.7-million offer for Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to play one season for the Italian team. Virtus Bologna general manager Massimo Faraoni has reportedly been in contact with Bryant’s agent, the Associated Press said in a report. Faraoni said the offer may be attractive to Bryant, who lived in Italy when his father played in the country. “I think the fact that he’s lived in Italy makes this appealing to him,” Faraoni said.

Reports said the offer gives Bryant the right to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends. The top-flight Italian Basketball League will kick off its new season next month, with Bologna opening its campaign on October 9 against Roma. Bologna is not the first international team to express interest in signing Bryant. Turkish team Besiktas has also made known its desire to get Bryant, who played basketball on Italian team Pistoia’s youth team in the 1980s.