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Italian team chasing Kobe Bryant

Updated: October 18, 2011, 11:52 PM ET
ESPNLosAngeles.com

BOLOGNA, Italy -- The Italian club Virtus Bologna says "unexpected engagements" have made it impossible to sign Kobe Bryant this month, but both sides will keep working toward a deal in November.

Bologna President Claudio Sabatini told The Associated Press this month he had reached a tentative deal with Bryant's agent or a 10-game contract worth more than $3 million.

Any extended deal with Bryant would allow the Los Angeles Lakers star to return to the NBA once the lockout ends.

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