Monday , Aug , 04 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant Says He Would Play in Russia for $40 Million

Kobe Bryant Says He Would Play in Russia for $40 MillionHonesty or irony?  Either way, Kobe Bryant made the following statement when asked if he would consider setting up shop in the Euroleague for the right price:

Of course. By the way, are you the owner of a Russian team? It can be arranged for $40 million per year.

Kobe’s currently in the middle of a seven-year deal worth $136.4 million, so it’s not as if he’s strapped for cash.  Still, who’s to say he couldn’t be tempted to opt out (he can do so after the fifth year of his deal) if given the chance to earn a tax-free forty million for half a season’s work? 

If there’s one thing following the finances of NBA franchises has taught me, it’s that everyone has their price.  Now that Euroleague outfits owned by billionaires and unrestricted by salary caps and luxury taxes are willing to pay that price, it can’t be long before we see a top-tier talent make the move.

So, could Kobe ever be tempted by the money?  Bear in mind that, with taxes and the shorter season factored in, he could earn nearly eight times more per game in Russia than in Los Angeles.  Let us know what you think in the comment box below.