So with Dwight Howard having tried to take over and the bugging out, the Lakers are once again Kobe Bryant’s, and Kobe Bryant’s only. He’s king of the castle still, even if he’s a little hobbled getting to the thrown on a torn Achilles.
But Bryant says he wants to win two more titles, and the Lakers’ future is definitively planned around 2014 and the cap space that will be made available to them. So how does Bryant, who will be paid $30 million next season and be a free agent after that, factor into the plans? Well, first of all, Bryant expects little in the way of drama as to his extension, and that he’ll retire a Laker, as he told ESPN LA this week.
Oh, so, he’s willing to take a paycut to make room for some marquee names? Well, not so fast. It’s complicated. First, here’s this from an interview he did with LakersNation.com:
“I’m not taking any at all – that’s the negotiation that you have to have.” Kobe Bryant told Lakers Nation in an exclusive interview at his Kobe Basketball Academy on Wednesday. “For me to sit here and say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m just going to take a huge pay cut. Nah, I’m going to try to get as much as I possibly can.”
Source: Matt Moore, CBS Sports