Report: Kobe Bryant’s Representatives to Meet With Besiktas Officials on Saturday


Report: Kobe Bryant's Representatives to Meet With Besiktas Officials on Saturday You can go ahead and add another name to the list of NBA players considering playing overseas amid the lockout — and it's a big name.

Reuters reports that representatives of Kobe Bryant will meet with officials of the Turkish basketball club Besiktas on Saturday. Besiktas has already reeled in Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams, and it looks like the Lakers superstar could very well join him in Turkey.

Besiktas head of basketball operations Seref Yalcin confirmed the clubs interest in Bryant to Turkish reporters, saying Besiktas is hoping to land him soon.

"At the moment there's a 50 percent chance that Kobe may come to Turkey," Yalcin said. "Everything will be clearer after the meeting on the [July] 30th.

"Kobe wants some time to think about it," Yalcin added. "We believe that his response is going to be positive. Money will not be a problem."

Bryant has previously acknowledged his interest in playing in Turkey or China if the lockout delays the start of the 2011-12 NBA season. If he does decide to play for Besiktas, there's a pretty good chance that Turkish interest in basketball will skyrocket, no matter how many games he does play for them.

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