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The NBA is set to resume negotiations between owners and the players union on Monday for the first time since the lockout went into place on July 1, but one of the NBA’s biggest stars has negotiations of his own planned for this weekend.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be in the nation’s capital attending the World Football Challenge featuring Manchester United and F.C. Barcelona at FedEx Field on Saturday and the Mia Hamm-Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge on Sunday at Kastles Stadium.

Soccer won’t be the only sport on Bryant’s agenda, however, as the 15-year NBA veteran and his representatives will meet with officials from the Turkish basketball club Besiktas on Saturday, according to a Reuters report.

“At the moment there’s a 50 percent chance that Kobe may come to Turkey,” said Seref Yalcin, head of basketball operations for Besiktas, on Tuesday. Yalcin made the comments to reporters in Turkey, according to Reuters. “Everything will be clearer after the meeting on the 30th [of July].”

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As reported by Spurs Nation, the NBA lockout is forcing the league’s players to look for alternate sources of income this summer.

And some appear to be doing quite well, thank you very much.

Three of the league’s biggest stars reportedly made $400,000 apiece for appearances at exhibition games in the Phillipines over the weekend.

SI.com reports that Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose each pocketed the mammoth tax-free checks for playing in exhibition games over the weekend.

The big-money earnings can cut a couple of ways. They are making money after NBA owners have locked them out, making it an “in-your-face statement” to league owners by some of its biggest stars.

But it could also be a devisive element for the players. Some of them will be undergoing financial hardship while the league’s biggest stars will keep rolling in money.  That likely won’t be good for union unity as the lockout continues.