Turkish club says it is in talks with Kobe Bryant | NBA.com

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish club Besiktas is in talks with Kobe Bryant‘s representatives about the possibility of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ star playing in Turkey during the NBA lockout.

“It is a fact that Kobe Bryant’s managers have contacted us,” coach Ergin Ataman said Thursday, a week after Besiktas signed New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams.

Ataman said Bryant was waiting for an offer from Besiktas. The club, however, said it would need a sponsor to be able to pay for Bryant’s contract.

“Our board will evaluate that,” Ataman said.

Bryant, who has won five NBA titles with the Lakers and is a 13-time NBA All Star, has been on a tour of China, including a stop in Shanghai on Wednesday. He said he would consider playing overseas during the lockout and mentioned China and Turkey as possibilities.

Representatives of other NBA players also have contacted Besiktas, Ataman said, without identifying any of them.

The Turkish League season starts in October.

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