Kobe Bryant, Virtus Bologna Reach Verbal Agreement: Lakers Star To Play In Italy During Lockout (VIDEO)

Source: The Huffington Post

What was “very possible” on Wednesday is now much more probable. Italian team Virtus Bologna said on Friday that a verbal agreement has been reached with Kobe Bryant for the five-time NBA champion to play in Italy during the lockout, a source told the Associated Press.

According to the report, Virtus president Claudio Sabatini said the deal is “95 percent done” and that both sides have agreed on a contract worth $3 million for the opening 40 days of the Italian league season. The deal, which has not been signed, will allow Bryant to return to the NBA once the lockout ends.

The Lakers star, who lived in Italy between the ages of 6 and 13 when his dad played there, said on Wednesday that it “would be a dream” for him and that Italy has always been in his heart.

Virtus Bologna offered the 33-year-old a one-season contract word $6.7 million last week, which was one of four different contract options the team proposed.

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