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Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 2:55 pm  |  90 responses

Mark Cuban Wonders if the Lakers Should Amnesty Kobe Bryant


There’s very little that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban enjoys more than messing with the Los Angeles Lakers and their fans. When discussing the Lakers’ enormous payroll, Cuban wondered aloud if the team would be better off by cutting ties with Kobe Bryant and his massive salary. That’s master trolling, friends. Per ESPN: “If you look at their payroll, even if Dwight (Howard) comes back, you’ve got to ask the question: Should they amnesty Kobe?’ Cuban said. Cut ties with Kobe Bryant to cut costs?! That sounds crazy, but the Lakers are looking at ridiculous luxury tax bills if they don’t do something drastic to reduce their payroll, which is slightly more than $100 million this season and will probably be in that same range next season if Howard re-signs. This is the last season of a dollar-for-dollar penalty for teams over the luxury tax limit ($70.307 this season). Beginning next season, the luxury tax escalates for every $5 million a team is over. If the Lakers are $30 million over, their luxury tax bill would be a whopping $142.5 million next season. If L.A. trims the payroll down to $20 million over the tax, the Lakers would still get hit with a $75 million bill. And they’d be subject to the even heavier repeater rate in 2014-15, although Steve Nash’s $9.7 million salary is the only contract currently on the Lakers’ books for that year. Bryant is on the books for a league-high $30.45 million salary next season, the last year of his contract. [...] ‘So I’m just saying that hypothetically. When I say amnesty Kobe, I don’t think they’d do it, but they’ve got some choices to make. Now, they’re in a big market, but they’re still limited. The Knicks, the same thing. Boston, same thing.’”

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  • anon

    “The bank of cuban is open!”. HAHAHAHA

  • KingBenjamin

    Mark Cuban is an idiot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothyhedden Timothy Hedden

    maybe but what he is saying makes sense. A lot of bloated teams are going to get hammered on the repeater tax

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    LA would riot if this happens lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/jhemp15 Jamar Hemphill

    Cuban is always showing his hand too soon! A real boss moves in silence! Rumors will happen no matter what, but he shouldn’t be the one sparking them. Just shut up & take care of business!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    The Lakers won’t do it simply for the bank he brings in with each game. He’s clearly not the player he used to be, but you bet your a*ss in possibly his LAST season in the NBA, almost every game at Staples is going to be sold out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Cuban is only saying this so that he can backdoor the Lakers and snatch up Kobe after they amnesty him.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Nice try Cuban.

  • #13

    Right Kobe even at his age is still a box office athlete

  • dannyb

    I know NOBODY is going to agree with this, but I actually think they’d be a better team without Kobe. Nash with the ball in his hands, lobbing to Dwight and Pau. I think it would give them better chemistry.

  • jay taylor

    yea ur out of ur mind…have u seen nash play this year? a 39 year old pg who can’t guard anyone …smh some of u laker fans are dumb as fuk

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    even with Kobe’s albatross contract, he’s tradeable. which IS what i would consider.

  • pposse

    if kobe ever got amnestied his legacy will be permanently scarred

  • mp7three

    There is a reason why Dr Buss was beloved and an idiot like Cuban isnt. Aint all about numbers & business. Cuban is causing more noise because his team isnt. He wouldnt trade or amnesty Dirk and he knows Kobe is even more important to his city & the team itself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    so we are going to act like Kobe is out there playing lockdown d? Kobe is as much a factor in the Laker’s atrocious showing on D as Nash.

  • Sérgio

    Trade Kobe? First of all, it would be a major disrespect, since he is, arguably, the greatest Laker of all times. And secondly, he is still the best player on team, by far. Look at the season he is having – individually, only Lebron and KD are having better ones. And don’t forget that, before he decided to sacrifice it all to put his team in the playoffs, he was leading the league in scoring at 48% shooting.

  • KB37

    Why would they disown a player that helped deliver their organization 5 championships to do this when he might only be around one more year?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ok?
    .
    if you aren’t winning. paying your best player $30 million a year is stupid.
    .
    Next season, Kobe is slated to make $30 million.
    .
    I’d consider trading him if my team isn’t competing.
    .
    All other things aside.

  • Sérgio

    Well, how about trading some Gasol or MWP first?

    Also, its incredible how MWP’s game changed. This year, he is playing much better on the offensive end, something that hasn’t yet happened as a Laker. On the other side, he has regressed mightly on D. Its sad: two years ago, he would lock the sh!t down of guys like KD, Melo, Pierce etc. Now, these guys play around with him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    his offensive “renaissance” can be credited to the new offense and a relief of pressure on him not to make mistakes.
    .
    the defensive regression can be credited to father time.
    .
    What can you get for Gasol? If you can get more for Kobe, uhm, I’d trade Kobe. Actually, i’d trade both of them. Get as many assets as possible and retool to compete in 2-4 years.

  • RKJ92

    2 BLOCKS ON LEBRON, 2 BLOCKS!! — lol…

  • RKJ92

    Nah, I actually completely agree with you they’re paying 30 mill for a 30 year old volume shooter, with shotty defense, no ty..

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    that wont happen unless the lakers want attendance to be like the bobcats! if jimmy buss wants to remain owner you should just give kb a job in the front office in two years! that is like hal and hank fooling around with the captain when his contract was up. they wanted to play hard ball with jeter. they got destroyed by the press. jimmy is on shaky ground as it is! bad idea!

  • RKJ92

    Why are you trying to explain ish’ to a Kobe dickrider? obviously anything you say will be countered with Kobe’s the greatest/best player on the team (WHICH HE ISN’T LAKERFANS SORRYYYYY) its pretty hopeless nbk.. their the most stubborn commentors I’ve ever witnessed of any forum lol.

    On a sidenote if everything didn’t workout this year I’d blow up everything now, amnesty Nash, and build everything around Howard. So I do agree with you assuming you would keep Howard as well.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL. i think i am the most stubborn commenter bruh. i mean, i’ve been having the same arguments for years now.

  • RKJ92

    Perfect ;)

  • playa

    “Yeah,amnesty Kobe so I can grab him boys!”- you wish mark,you wish

  • Ben Ireland

    That’s stupid. Why would his legacy be scarred for something he can’t control? If anything, it’d make me miss Jerry and hate Jim even more than I do right now, and believe me, that’s a difficult proposition. His legacy if he’s amnestied remains exactly the same. Unless he wins a title with another franchise, I guess, but even then, I doubt it. But Jim Buss is a PR nightmare right now. Amnestying Kobe? It’d send so many right to the Clippers bandwagon. He wouldn’t and couldn’t risk it. But I have faith anyways, Stern, in his last big move, vetoes the amnestying of Kobe, saving Jim Buss from himself.

  • playa

    he is clearly not the player he used to be…just as he is CLEARLY the best 17 th season veteran EVER,just as he is CLEARLY top 5 player in the league still.

  • RKJ92

    Hahaha the sad part is even with the proof right infront of their face, they see it and choose to just mentally block it out, then incessantly go on with the same arguement trying to make the same invalid points.. At least with your commenting, you will give up and not answer people if their rebuttle is actually *that* stupid, which ive seen a lotttt.. lol!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hahahaha your evil!

  • MikeC.

    It’s not arguable. Kareem. Kobe is in the top-5. Which just shows the greatness of Dr. Buss’ reign as owner. Embarrassment of riches.

  • LakeShow

    I asked myself the same thing when the got rid of Fish.

  • dannyb

    You’re right, Nash is playing terribly – only shooting 50/40/90 AGAIN. He’d be racking up assists too if they’d keep the ball in his hands like it should be. Replace Kobe with a younger athletic 2, like JRich in his early Suns days, and you have a better team.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lmao truee

  • LakeShow

    lol, I hope your embarrassed about this statement.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    How can you accuse a guy with an amazing business acumen of not being a real boss? If anything its just his personality and him stirring the pot of laker drama

  • z

    Can’t see how anyone can down vote this comment when it’s 90% fact and 10% educated opinion based on those facts. Nash is most effective with the ball in his hands.

  • z

    Yes it is arguable. Magic brought them five chips, including one as a Finals MVP in his rookie season while he was playing CENTER. Name a single Laker that could play as many positions as Magic.

  • RKJ92

    It was sarcasm to it’s fullest, so not at all lol

  • LakeShow

    Your Taylor? Nope… Okay then

  • Sérgio

    He is not in the top 5. He is top 3, at last. The only guys in the discussion for greatest Laker of all times are Kobe, Magic and Kareem.

  • Sérgio

    Lamar Odom.

  • RKJ92

    LOL F*ckoff I’m tired and had to do a psychology term paper, MY BADDD

  • LakeShow

    Magic over Kareem by a sizable margin.

  • Kadavour

    he has a no-trade clause. end discussion.

  • Sérgio

    Well, then who is better than Kobe in the Lakers? Howard? Gasol? Nash? Please.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He CAN waive it.
    .
    But we already stopped talking so…

  • RKJ92

    LOL is that a joke?

  • LakeShow

    It’s hard… but try to ignore the REALLY stupid ones.

  • The Seed

    Go jump off a bridge, then watch a Laker game. Really, WOW!!!

  • The Seed

    If Jim Buss, gets rid of Kobe. The Lakers will not be the same for about 5 years or as long as Howard is there best player. Lakers are underachieving because of Howard. PLain and SImple. This same team with Bynum would be number 4 in the West, when Bynum is healthy. To blame Kobe for the Lakers record is just plain sad. Cuban using his Shark Tank skills, to get a shot at Kobe.

  • Conor

    Is that a joke?

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    NO, He’s only saying it to piss people off on the internet. Which he succeeded in.

  • Caboose

    If I do the first, I doubt I could do the second.

  • dannyb

    Thanks man

  • Caboose

    Good luck being logical in a Lakers situation buddy.

  • zogs19994

    PEOPLE WHO AGREE WITH THIS….SMDH….KOBE IS A LEGEND..

    MAN F*CK YOU DANNYB,…. I BET YOUR A HEAT FAN

  • LakeShow

    Key phrase: “when Bynum is healthy”

  • ari

    sell howard and pau not kobe

  • z

    Odom can’t play pg. Just because you can somewhat handle the ball does not mean you can play pg. No.

  • Sérgio

    Well, Odom was the de-facto PG in crunch time during LA’s last trips to the finals. He would carry the ball, and fisher would act like a spot up shooter.

  • i_ball

    Why doesn’t he amnesty Dirk to save some money, the Mavs are not winnig?

  • MikeC.

    I know we’re discussing greatest Laker, but Kareem won a ring with Milwaukee. Nuff said. In all honesty, I put Kareem #1 in all-time basketball history.

  • MikeC.

    Top 5 can still be top 3. I was giving wiggle room for West, Shaq and Eddie Jones.

  • z

    In the triangle, the point guard is almost a meaningless position. Odom wasn’t doing anything special enough to notice besides dribbling the ball.

  • Caboose

    Are you saying Magic had a better Lakers career than Kareem or Magic had a better overall career than Kareem? Because I agree with the former but not the latter.

  • MikeC.

    Kurt Rambis.

  • MikeC.

    The disregard for Kareem is frightening. Magic was certainly more fun and had more highlights, but Kareem had the single greatest career in the entire history of basketball.

  • ATL dynamite

    If I do the second, I would probably do the first.

  • TR

    People have to stop calling Cuban an idiot unless they are worth a couple billion.

  • Conor

    An example of the hypocrisies of opinion regarding Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan is found at one point in this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Tv1mlM8fA

    Duncan missed seventeen shots in Game Seven, against Detroit. Kobe missed eighteen. Every player has poor games. To think that Kobe somehow costs his team games more than another player – other than James & Durant – is ludicrous.

    Would anyone consider this if the name had read “Tim Duncan” instead? No. Kobe earns as much as any other player in the League, relative to his personal production. He cannot control the injuries and delusions that the Lakers have suffered this season (Gasol, Nash, Hill, and Blake all have missed significant time; & Howard). That is bias.

    On a separate note: Cuban attempting to take the mantle of “greatest modern owner”, in this manner, simply reveals a bitter man bereft of dignity.

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    you’re

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    your’e

  • MikeC.

    Wait. Isn’t this tampering?

  • roscoe

    imo… he is doing it to make DAL relevant.

    mCuban is a great promoter/business person and DAL fans love him…

    ssmedium strikes and I think its always good for a little controversy.

  • roscoe

    dfish was ditched bc they brought in sessions.

    if i remember correctly, the 411 was that sessions being a younger better player than fish they got rid of fish bc they did not want sess looking over his shoulder.

    den they picked up nash and let sess go if i remember correctly.

  • roscoe

    He just might. good point.

    LAL and DAL may do a deal in the summer, but i think you have a good point.

  • roscoe

    his business is located in DAL, not NY, not LA, not MIA…

    his strategy has to be different in order to succeed and he has 1 gold ball btw.

    ssmedium’s controversy is good for the game.

  • roscoe

    agree. good point.

  • pposse

    haha, i was just thinking along the lines of Kobe being the first and probably only player to be due 30 mill in a year and getting amnestied. That would HAVE to be embarrassing, to have other teams bid for your services and you go to the highest bidder, has to be a big bruise to his ego.

    I get that he can’t control it, and I highly doubt this will happen, but if it ever did could you imagine all of the reporting on it. All types of reporters would try to rewrite history or go deep into his career and try to discredit some of his successes while others will harp on the stupidity of the move. Its just the way the world works, we kick people when they are down. Imagine if the bobcats picked him up haha that would be too crazy!

  • Ben Ireland

    I almost want to see this happen… Next week, Stephen A will say they should… Then shout loudly if it did. It’s nice to speculate, but not even Skip Bayless thinks this is a good idea, though he’s open to amnestying LeBron I’ll bet… (PS please do this Miami, even Jim Buss is smart enough to break the bank for the bank haha!)

  • z

    It’s not disregarding Kareem to state that a guy who won the franchise five rings and was the man for pretty much all of them is likely the best Laker ever. Magic played for one franchise and accomplished more as an individual with that one frachise. No one said Magic’s career was better, but as Laker he is the best for that team.

  • HornetsCEO

    He raises a good point, will the Buss family want to pay Kobe and the luxury tax.

    Good article about their playoff chances and the Laker drama here http://ussportsdownunder.com/nba/read/opinion/can-the-los-angeles-lakers-make-the-playoffs

  • LakeShow

    “First of all, it would be a major disrespect, since he is, arguably, the greatest Laker of all times.” -Sergio

    “It’s not arguable. Kareem.” -MikeC.

    “Magic over Kareem by a sizable margin.” -LakeShow

  • Caboose

    Did you just quote yourself?

    Magic career on Lakers > Kareem career on Lakers
    Magic career < Kareem career

  • LakeShow

    Why do you keep commenting fragment sentences?

  • LakeShow

    WHY is this difficult to understand…
    It’s all there. All you have to do is read.
    There’s no advanced stats to help you here.
    Just basic reading comprehension will treat you fine.

  • Caboose

    Dude what are you trying to argue? That Magic’s entire career is better than Kareem’s entire career?

  • LakeShow

    Holy F*CK your stupid lol.

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