One of the favorite sons of NBA, Kobe Bryant has reportedly made another step towards his overseas move. The Los Angeles Lakers’ star has been linked with a move to Turkey where he is expected to play for Besiktas.
According to reports the NBA icon, Bryant is closer to inking a contract with the Turkish outfit, Besiktas after representatives from both sides had sitting behind closed curtains. No conclusive evidence has been reported yet however there was progress after the meeting. It has also been confirmed that negotiations will continue.
Meanwhile, the reason behind Bryant’s foreign search for basketball action remains unresolved. The NBA commissioner, David Stern is unable to report any kind of progress on the issue making NBA stars more frustrated. Earlier, Bryant corroborated that if the League is re-opened then he saw no reason to play in NBA.
Following Bryant’s footsteps other players are now also looking for opportunities abroad. The departure of world class players from NBA would end the League as we know it. Joining Bryant in the search of action overseas are players like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Paul Gasol, Patrick Mills, Kyrylo Fesenko, etc.
Bryant’s departure from NBA would literally open the gates for all players to search action out of United States. The effect could change basketball globally. Rumors are Bryant is now scoping the globe for other basketball markets too.
China has emerged as an object of interest in that aspect. Their national league is growing in popularity at an alarming rate ever since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It has even started to attract some top notch players from NBA.
On the other hand Bryant’s representatives are deep in talks with Besiktas. A while back sources revealed Bryant was offered a monthly salary of $500,000 however Bryant’s representatives turned down the offer demanding $1 million.
After the saga, representatives from both sides had a meeting and the negotiating process continued. Soon after that chief of basketball operations at Besiktas, Seref Yalcin declared that the Bryant had a 50% chance of playing in Turkey now.
Yalcin mentioned that he had potential investors for the deal hence money won’t be an issue. He also stated that Bryant wanted some time to think about the deal before he placed his signatures on the paper.
Now sources have revealed that Bryant is another step closer towards inking the contract. All this development makes one wonder if the dreaded shutdown of NBA is inevitable and if Bryant, the poster boy of NBA for so many years might become the person to drive the first nail in NBA’s coffin.