BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Italian club Virtus Bologna says “unexpected engagements” have made it impossible to sign Kobe Bryant this month but that both sides will continue to work toward a deal in November.
Bologna president Claudio Sabatini told The Associated Press earlier this month that he had reached a tentative deal with Bryant’s agent Rob Pelinka for a 10-game contract worth more than $3 million ((euro) 2.22 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.