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PostSubject: Kobe Bryant seeking $1 million per month to play in Turkey   July 29th 2011, 1:25 pm

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For those of you who still think the NBA player, overseas exodus is just an empty threat concocted by the players' union, there's more news on the horizon. Apparently, Kobe Bryant(notes) wants one million per month to play in Turkey and may get it.


Yahoo! Sports' Mike J. Miller reported that Kobe plans to meet with executives from Turkish team, Besiktas, on Saturday, July 30th. According to the head of basketball operations for Besiktas, Seref Yalcin, "at the moment there's a 50 percent chance that Kobe may come to Turkey."

This news comes after it was confirmed that Deron Williams(notes) signed a conditional five million dollar deal with the Turkish team.

Further, Turkey's NTV Spor reports that Kobe Bryant's camp seeks one million dollars per month for the future Hall of Famer's services. In response, Besiktas exec Yalcin assured everyone that "money will not be a problem."

It had previously been rumored that Kobe might be interested in playing in Italy after Kobe responded to a question gauging his interest level with, "I wouldn't be opposed to it—You know how much I love Italy. I grew up there."

Now, it would appear that benjamins trump nostalgia for Mr. Bryant.

If one million per month sounds like a lot, though, you should note that it actually represents a significant pay cut for the Mamba.

Kobe Bryant is the highest paid player in the NBA and will earn 25 to 30 million each year, for the next three years. That translates into roughly 4.5 million per month, not including the playoffs.

It's also the main reason why the Los Angeles Lakers are so far over the salary cap.

Similarly, Kobe just made $400,000 for playing two exhibition games in the Philippines.

As you can see, even though Kobe Bryant has the most to lose if the NBA lockout continues, it isn't exactly hard for him to find gainful employment.
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