With the ruling from FIBA on Friday, stating that NBA players currently under contract will be allowed to play for other teams during the NBA lockout, will Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant decide to take his talents to Turkey? The answer to that question may be become clearer on Saturday as “ESPN.com” is reporting that the veteran will meet with representatives from Turkish team Besiktas in Washington D.C. about the possibility of him playing for the club if the lockout continues into the Association’s regular season. New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams signed a contract with the club earlier this month.
The head of Basketball Operations for Besiktas Seref Yalcin, told reporters in Turkey earlier this week “At the moment there’s a 50 percent chance that Kobe may come to Turkey. Everything will be clearer after the meeting on the 30th. Money will not be a problem.”
It has been reported that Bryant will want $1 million per month to play for the team. Although the club may not be able to afford to pay the former NBA MVP that much, they may get help from some outside corporations such as Turkish Airlines. A spokeswoman for the Airlines Fatma Yuceler, told ESPN Los Angeles “We know that Besiktas is very much interested (in Bryant) and they’ve been in touch with our company as well, but we haven’t started any kind of negotiations or anything like that yet.”
Now that players from the Association are starting to sign with other teams, it may give NBA Team Owners more of an incentive to get back to the bargaining table and ratify a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement.