Virtus Bologna president Claudio Sabatini is hoping that the NBA lockout will continue as he hopes to pull off the ambitious signing of Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant.
NBA Commissioner David Stern has cancelled the first two weeks of the NBA season with the threat of more to follow as talks to end the dispute over pay and the salary cap structure remain deadlocked.
However, Sabatini believes that the NBA’s loss can be Bologna’s gain.
“We are delighted that they have not yet reached an agreement,” Sabatini said.
“Stern’s dissatisfaction was the source of great joy for us.”
Sabatini said that two offers had been made by Bologna to Bryant, with one to make a one-off appearance and the other for a longer-term deal.
The latter would involve a 30-day contract covering ten matches for a fee of 2.4 million euros ($3.3m).