Kobe Bryant deal: Club optimistic

Updated: October 1, 2011, 1:48 PM ET
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ROME -- The president of Virtus Bologna is optimistic Kobe Bryant will sign with the Italian club during the NBA lockout despite scheduling problems posed by other teams.

Claudio Sabatini told The Associated Press on Friday that Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, agreed to an arrangement for 35 to 40 days worth more than $3 million -- for about 10 games.

"We're very confident the deal can be completed," Sabatini said. "We're prepared to make a big investment."

Sabatini said a Bologna-based ...

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