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Kobe Bryant breaks off negotiations with Turkish squad

Aug 12, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant is not going to Turkey. But other suitors still are seeking him out.

Kobe and his agent Rob Pelinka met with representatives of Besiktas last week and the talks have broken off because the two sides could not reach a financial deal, reports

According to Obrad Fimic of Alti Sport who was negotiating with Besiktas on behalf of Kobe Bryant and his agent Rob Pelinka, the proposal of the Turkish team for the Lakers star is still too low. Kobe and his entourage decided not to accept it and give up on the negotiations with Besiktas, team who already signed Deron Williams. The two parts tried to reach an agreement but the money offered by the club from Istanbul were not up to the amount expected by Bryant. According to rumors close to the player, there is another European, Euroleague team on Kobe but the name of the club is still unknown.

While I have not scouted the Turkish league, my guess is that a D-Will and Kobe backcourt would have done pretty well. Too bad for Besiktas that didn’t work out.

I’ve said all along that it was unlikely Kobe would play anywhere overseas — few teams could meet his financial requirements and he would be putting more wear and tear on knees that he wants to carry him to at least one more ring. While there is no doubt some other interested European teams out there, that is just not likely to happen.

That said, if the lockout drags on into November, don’t be shocked to see Kobe consider playing in China. There are teams there with some big money sponsors and he is already a big brand there. Let’s just hope it doesn’t come to that.

  1. denverdude7 - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:09 PM


    Please reconsider. The best thing you can do is to sign a 5 year deal to play in Turkey. The second best thing you could do is to talk Bron-Bron into a 10 year deal to play with you.

    Both of you should go away and never come back. That would teach Stern a lesson.

  2. rayrsatx - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    The only problem is that Turkey is a predominantly Islam country, no alcohol, no hookers, no strip clubs. That pretty much wipes out an average NBA player’s night life!

    • ikayabas - Aug 18, 2011 at 2:30 AM

      What do you know about Turkey? Im from Turkey and let me tell you this, there is more alcohol, more hookers and more stuff to do. Dont judge things that you dont know. By the way i live in Usa and one thing i know is here there is nothing to do. Seriously..!!!

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