Kobe Bryant, 35 and coming off a major injury, is under contract for one more year and the Lakers have yet to open negotiations on a new deal.
Bryant is entering the last nine months of his contract, a season worth $30.45 million before he can become a free agent in July.
But the Lakers are already salivating over their salary-cap space next summer. Only Steve Nash, Robert Sacre and Nick Young are on the books for 2014-15, meaning a spending spree awaits with potential free agents LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, Luol Deng, Dirk Nowitzki, Danny Granger and Marcin Gortat. Restricted free agents next July include Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe.
Source: Mike Bresnahan. LA Times Will Lakers Take LeBron Over Kobe? by Sports Talk Florida Rumors