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Kobe “open” to playing in Europe. That’s different than going.


They want him in Istanbul (and he does endorse Turkish Airlines)…

But would Kobe Bryant play in Turkey? Or in Europe in general? He spent some years of his childhood in Italy, would he return as a professional?

Maybe, according to the twitter account of Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kobe Bryant is open to considering overseas offers for the duration of NBA lockout, sources familiar with his thinking tell Y! Sports.

Considering offers is very different than actually packing your bags and going.

Kobe is set to make $25.2 million next season, more than any other player in the NBA. Deron Williams is going to get paid $200,000 a month in Turkey, Wojnarowski reported later in the day. Kobe is already working with his agent to set up a barnstorming tour of China, which will be worth far more to his brand than $200,000. Why would he give that up to play in Europe?

And all of that is a risk — any player who gets injured overseas can have his contract voided. Frankly, that’s less of a concern for Kobe (still the Lakers talisman) or even Deron Williams (the Nets still see him as a building block) but it’s a risk.

No European team could come close to paying what Kobe makes in the NBA (he couldn’t get half that). Would he risk all that money to play in Europe for a couple months? That’s not how Kobe works.

But of course he says he’ll consider offers, that’s how you keep pressure on the owners in the negotiations.

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.