It sounds crazy Sports Fans, but if you can believe what you read on the internet than the landscape of the NBA could become severely altered next season. Why?
Because the Lakers are going to let superstar Kobe Bryant become a free agent.
The reason behind what many will see as the most baffling move in recent sports history is pretty simple--money. Kobe's talent brings a pretty hefty price tag and the Lakers are not likely going to be competitive enough to warrant it.
According to an article in the OC Register:
He [Bryant]becomes a free agent at the end of the season, and Jim Buss says because of the pay structure of the NBA, the Lakers will allow Kobe to become a free agent.
He [Buss] says he has talked to Kobe and believes they have an understanding, Bryant waiting as a free agent while the team spends to upgrade and then using what is left over to pay Kobe.
Kobe didn't really want to address the issue choosing instead to concentrate ...