“The Lakers are definitely still in this,” a source told ESPN.
On Monday it looked like Paul was headed to LA, however it was to the Clippers not the Lakers. Those talks died down due to the Hornets extremely high asking price.
The Lakers were thought to be out of the running, after pulling out of negotiations this past weekend and trading Lamar Odom to Dallas. It was thought that the Lakers had shifted their focus to trying to land Magic superstar, Dwight Howard. However it now looks like they are still in the running for CP3. The Lakers are using Pau Gasol as the centerpiece of the deal and are looking for a third team to infuse the deal with young talent.
Kobe is in serious talks with Bologna but will he go?
Kobe hasn’t been shy about flirting with the idea of playing in Europe if the lockout continues. He was first linked to the Turkish team, Besiktas, but they were unable to reach a deal. Besiktas previously had signed stand-out point guard Deron Williams, which made a Kobe deal much more plausible but in the end it wasn’t enough to lure him over.
Bryant’s new suitor is the Italian team, Virtus Bologna, and they seem to be a much more serious option for Bryant. They have been in serious talks for several weeks now and have proposed several different contracts to Bryant’s agents. Continue reading →