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If I could title the summer, I’d call it the summer of speculation… only we’ve now reached well past the summer and the fall of speculation sounds like one of those half-assed titles 48 hours Mystery would use.

We can only speculate that speculation will continue in regards to the NBA lockout (more likely to come on that later today), but most interesting to many Laker fans, we can also speculate that Kobe Bryant is serious about playing in Italy. According to the Gazetta, an Italian publication, Bryant spoke about the possibility of signing with Virtus Bologna:

“It’s very possible. It would be a dream for me. There’s an opportunity that we’ve been discussing over the last few days. It’s very possible and that’s good news for me.”

Rumor says that Bryant and his agent are focusing on a specialized offer that has him in uniform for just 10 games (10/19 – 11/16) for a reported $2.5 million. After taxes, that rounds up to about $800… or $1.5 million, not that Bryant, who’s worth around $140 million, would probably notice the difference.

We will speculate more on this story as other reporters and writers do. You can read more on this story here.