Rumor: Does it matter if Kobe signs with Besiktas?
As confirmed exclusively to Sportando, the first meeting between Rob Pelinka, agent of Kobe Bryant and Besiktas was an acquainting one. Both sides presented their view’s of the situation. Besiktas also made a first official proposal to Kobe Bryan but the offer, at the moment, is not at the level that Kobe and his agents will accept. In the next days, by the end of the week, there should be a second meeting where Besiktas will raise the proposal for the Lakers’ star trying to convince him to land in Turkey and play along with Deron Williams. Kobe did not attend the meeting.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kobe Bryant and Besiktas are getting what they want and need from these not-so subtle negotiations.
Bryant’s name stays front and center. The headlines help his brand, and allow him to charge mid-six figures for a night’s work abroad.
It also puts some pressure on the owners with respect to negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Buss clan, who own the big market Los Angeles Lakers, can’t be happy their veteran superstar is contemplating playing abroad in a second rate league with poor facilities and medical professionals.
Speaking of Besiktas, they couldn’t buy this publicity. The Turkish club is linked to arguably the game’s greatest player and a once-in-a-generation talent.
The mere chance Bryant would consider crossing the Atlantic and toiling for Besiktas helps soften the match-fixing scandal that plagued their soccer operations.
Bryant, like the signing of superstar point guard Deron Williams, gives an impression of legitimacy.
At this point, does it matter if Bryant and Besiktas’ flirting becomes official with a formal contract?
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