Originally it was a $6.7 million offer to Kobe (or $5 million). Then it was Kobe asking for $15 million.
Now, Virtus Bologna has revised its offer again to Kobe. Via Sportando, the team is offering a deal to pay him $2.5 million before taxes, per month. Which is more than $1 million every month. The contract would be done on a month-by-month basis.
"I want to thank all the presidents because they understood how big the opportunity is if Kobe signs with us," said general manager Claudio Sabatini.
Kobe is in Italy on Wednesday and Thursday for his Nike promotional tour and told reporters that playing in Italy would be a dream.
"Playing in Italy? The(re) are big chances and would be a dream for me," he told Gazzetta. "There is an opportunity and we are talking about in these days. It is a very reliable option and it is a very good news for me."
Why a dream? Kobe was born in Italy while his father was playing professionally there and speaks fluent Italian. He'd certainly have a comfort level playing there and would be able to communicate well with players, coaches and fans. Which is definitely a bonus and probably the biggest reason he's looking there and no where else.
Kobe isn't likely to commit to playing overseas until it's a sure thing that the NBA will be missing games.