August 19, 2011
News reports in China Thursday announced that Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant(notes) had signed a deal with Chinese pro team Shanxi Zhongyu and that he would begin practicing with them Oct. 1, ESPN reports.
However, a source to the site that is "close to the situation" says there is no deal in place. "Kobe has not agreed with any team on anything," the source told the site. "He is conducting due diligence and weighing various options."