HoopsHype Virtus Bologna rumors

October 5, 2011 Updates

Ginobili’s agent, Herb Rudoy, on Tuesday emphatically refuted that report, writing in a text message, “Not true!” when asked if Ginobili had made any such agreement. Bryant, who attended Tuesday’s negotiating session in New York between the NBA’s owners and players, was non-committal about his offer from Virtus Bologna. The negotiating impasse that likely will wipe out the first two weeks of the regular season frees him to play there, but doesn’t necessarily mean he will. “I don’t think there’s anything stopping it or pushing on it,” he said. “I think it’s its own separate structure. The developments that it has to what’s going on here is that I have time to be able to play overseas. In terms of what’s holding up the deal is the same as any other deal.” San Antonio Express-News

October 4, 2011 Updates

Kobe Bryant's representatives and Virtus Bologna are "working very intensely" to bring the Lakers' star to Italy during the NBA lockout. Bologna president Claudio Sabatini had told The Associated Press on Friday he had reached a tentative deal with agent Rob Pelinka for a 10-game contract worth more than $3 million. The Italian team and Bryant's management said in a joint statement Monday they are "working very intensely to try and create this important deal. Reaching such a complex deal requires both sides' maximum attention for every little detail." "Everyone wants a positive outcome to the deal, the goal of which is Kobe Bryant's presence in Italy, economic interests for the 17 clubs in Serie A and more attention for all of Italian basketball," the statement added. Los Angeles Daily News

Smaller clubs Cremona and Varese have been reluctant to alter their schedules, although the Italian league said Saturday it was intervening to help spur an agreement. "I hope that very shortly we'll have a deal," Sabatini told the ANSA news agency. "I want to thank Kobe, who demonstrated again overnight that he wants to return to Italy." Los Angeles Daily News

October 3, 2011 Updates

Kobe Bryant's representatives and Virtus Bologna are "working very intensely" to bring the Los Angeles Lakers' star to Italy during the NBA lockout. Bologna President Claudio Sabatini had told The Associated Press on Friday he had reached a tentative deal with agent Rob Pelinka for a 10-game contract worth more than $3 million. AP

The Italian team and Bryant's management said in a joint statement Monday they are "working very intensely to try and create this important deal. Reaching such a complex deal requires both sides' maximum attention for every little detail." "Everyone wants a positive outcome to the deal, the goal of which is Kobe Bryant's presence in Italy, economic interests for the 17 clubs in Serie A and more attention for all of Italian basketball," the statement added. AP

"Virtus Bologna and Kobe Bryant's management are working hard to finalize this important deal. Reaching an agreement so complex requires attention for both parties to any single detail. There is from both sides the full will to close positively the negotiation that has as objective the arrival of Kobe Bryant in Italy, the economic interest of the 17 clubs in Serie A and a good return on image for the entire Italian basketball". Sportando

October 2, 2011 Updates

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