Kobe Bryant could have extended his career overseas for a shot at the Euroleague title.
Bryant was offered a contract last summer by the European basketball club FC Barcelona, but politely turned down the offer, according to a report from the Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
Under terms of the offer, Bryant would have played in Euroleague games and received tributes at each game.
Bryant announced he would retire in November, but when the Barcelona club heard this past summer of his interest in ending his career with former Lakers teammate Pau Gasol, it made him the offer.
Bryant rejected the offer because of his concern of not living up to the expectations required for the team and league, according to the report.
The 37-year-old two-time NBA Finals MVP is set to play the final game of his career with the Lakers on April 13 at Staples Center against the Utah Jazz.
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