A head-scratching decision? (Wong Maye-E / AP)

Virtus Bologna has made several offers to Bryant, with the latest, according to the Associated Press, being a $2.5 million offer for 10 games between Oct. 9 and Nov. 16. Bryant would be free to return to the Los Angeles Lakers if the lockout were to miraculously come to an end.

“It’s very possible. It would be a dream for me,” Bryant told the Gazzetta dello Sport during an appearance today in Milan (translation and report via the Associated Press).

“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.”

Bryant, 33, spent part of his childhood in Italy when his father, Joe, was playing there in the late 1980s and it seems to be the frontrunner for Bryant, who’s sparked interest from clubs in Turkey and China.

“It’s a huge honor for me to return to Italy. It’s home for me,” Bryant said in Italian in a video posted on the Gazzetta website. “It’s always been a dream for me to play in Italy. We’ve got to wait and see what happens.”