Chances Kobe Bryant Takes a Pay Cut
That’s not at all likely — Kobe has said repeatedly he is a Laker for life and team management has said they want to keep him in the Laker family as long as he wants to play — but how unlikely something is does not at all slow speculation. It never does (Paul George was never going to blow off the first extension to his rookie deal to take less money in L.A., but Laker fans wouldn’t let go of the speculation)
Bryant has said he doesn’t want to take a pay cut, but that’s just negotiation posturing. He will.
Source: Kurt Helin, NBC Sports