By Benjamin Harvey
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was offered $2 million per month to play basketball at a club in China, the Anatolia news agency reported.
The proposed salary beat an offer from Turkish club Besiktas of $500,000 per month, the state-run agency based in Ankara, Turkey, said citing Besiktas board member Seref Yalcin.
Bryant will play in Turkey should he reject the Chinese offer, Yalcin said.
The Chinese Basketball Association is to decide Aug. 18 on whether NBA players may play in China during the NBA lockout, with the Chinese league most likely to rule they can't, Yalcin said.
Besiktas also made an offer for the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, who said he wouldn't play on the same team as Bryant, Yalcin said. Should Bryant not accept a position, Durant said he was "ready to come live with his mother in Istanbul and wear the Besiktas jersey,'' Anatolia quoted Yalcin as saying.
Besiktas president Yildirim Demiroren returned from a visit to the U.S. on Aug. 8, where he made the offer to Bryant, Anatolia said. Demiroren said then that a final decision on the transfer would be clear within the week.