Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 11/15/14
I think Kobe will retire a Laker, with that being said he will have to take a pay cut. He won’t ever acknowledge that publicly, but that is what will happen, if he wants to get that 6th ring. The Lakers are positioned to make a splash in free agency next year, but first they need to handle Kobe’s contract situation. According to Pro Basketball Talk they will take a wait and see approach. The Lakers haven’t opened contract negotiations with Bryant, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, taking a wait-and-see approach as he recovers from his injury…. If Bryant asks for the maximum 5% raise over his current salary, he would earn $32 million in 2014-15. The Lakers won’t pay him that much, especially as he comes off a torn Achilles’, because it would seriously dent their salary-cap space. Bryant alone at that cost would take up almost half the estimated $62.5-million cap for NBA teams in 2014-15. If he took a dramatic pay cut and asked for $10 million to $12 million for 2014-15, it would give the Lakers space to add two top-level free agents next summer. Kobe should be fine, he is Kobe Bryant, I think he may have a slow start to season, but will be his old self soon enough, it won’t be a Derrick Rose situation.
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