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Is Kobe Bryant about to make his European debut?

With the NBA lockout looking set to continue for the forseeable future, Italian club Virtus Bologna are preparing a $3million ten-game contract for the Lakers star.

THE ITALIAN CLUB Virtus Bologna says “unexpected engagements” have made it impossible to sign Kobe Bryant this month, but both sides will keep working toward a deal in November.

Bologna President Claudio Sabatini told The Associated Press this month he had reached a tentative deal with Bryant’s agent or a 10-game contract worth more than $3 million.

Any deal with Bryant would allow the Los Angeles Lakers star to return to the NBA once the lockout ends.

A statement on Bologna’s website says “the sides will continue to work toward arranging Kobe Bryant’s arrival in Italy for mid-November.”

Bryant spent part of his childhood in Italy and has said it would be a “dream” to play in the country.

– AP

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