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Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 11:20 am  |  65 responses

Kobe Bryant Unwilling to Take a Big Paycut in 2014


The Los Angeles Lakers will be big spenders in the loaded NBA free agent market in the summer of 2014. Just don’t count on Kobe Bryant — who will make a League-high $30 million next season — taking a massive pay cut in order to help the team lure other stars. Bryant says he’ll try to squeeze as many dollars out of the Lakers as he can. Per Lakers Nation: “Would Kobe Bryant be willing to take a huge pay cut, possibly a one-year minimum salary worth $1.45 million, the ultimate financial sacrifice, to give the Lakers the best chance to rebuild? Not so fast. Kobe bleeds purple and gold, but he’s also a very smart businessman, who had this to say when describing his business hat come 2014. ‘I’m not taking any at all – that’s the negotiation that you have to have.’ Kobe Bryant said. ‘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.’ If you were hoping Kobe would think about taking a minimum salary in 2014, think again. Both Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are examples of veterans who sacrificed more than half their salaries (not minimums) for their teams, but Kobe is a different breed – a financially savvy individual. Bryant also said the business side is always ‘strange’ and ‘uncomfortable’ for athletes, who find themselves in situations where they will get ‘backlashed, inevitably.’”

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  • RyanDeahn

    He’s got his rings and has built his legacy. Now it’s all about the paper.

  • LLC#12

    Wow, one of the richest athletes in the world apparently isn’t rich enough.

  • Ksib24

    damn…he’s my favorite player on my favorite team…but thats some hoe shit…damn dude your already worth 220 million

  • shockexchange

    Horry Jr doesn’t want a pay cut but Rent-A-Center suggested that L.A. amnesty him. There’s a huge gap between what Horry Jr and the rest of the L thinks his value is. Amnesty much?

  • RayJr

    Of course he is going to say he is not going to take a pay cut. If he says he is willing to get paid at half of what he would get in his last year(which would be $15 million) then the negotiations will start at $15 million and go lower. No player in their right mind would open up negotiations like that.

  • Dagger

    “But Kobe is a different breed – a financially savvy individual.”

    Is this sarcastic? Are KG and Duncan not financially savvy because they elected to sacrifice some salary for the chance to win championships? I’m sure they all have enough money. Kobe wouldn’t be financially foolish if he voluntarily shaved a few million off his next contract.

  • Lloyd

    Exactly.

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  • pposse

    kobe would be financially foolish if he let the people he is going to negotiate his new contract with know that he is willing to shave a few million off his next deal a whole year before it happens, and before he knows what type of new players they are going to bring in to LA.

  • Dagger

    He would only be financially foolish for suggesting now that he might take a pay cut if he wants to get every possible penny out of his next contract. And it’s pretty clear that’s what he wants, because it’s what he’s always wanted.

  • aj

    financially savvy, or extremely selfish and ruining his own team. you pick

  • pposse

    i disagree, i dont know him personally but i think he would sign on with the lakers for 18 mill…a lot less than 30 if the right pieces are there. I don’t see him going below 18 though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kobe Bryant unwilling to take a huge paycut is not true. He has no choice, he is just unwilling to walk in and ask for one.
    .
    He makes $30 million this year, the most he’ll get next year is $15 million……. that’s a huge pay cut.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    $30 MILLION. WOW. Easy for us to tell him to take a pay cut. But these athletes/Entertainers just don’t only want to be rich, they want their WHOLE ENTIRE generation to be rich. Sisters, brothers, cousins, cousins’ son’s daughters…..(apparently not Mothers).. That’s what they’re working for…… That’s why “TOO MUCH MONEY AIN’T ENOUGH MONEY”

    And I don’t blame him for it…..

  • bike

    What a freakin’ biased lead in to an article. Shame on you Slam.

  • Dagger

    The issue is not whether he takes a pay cut from his current salary. Obviously that’s inevitable, for many reasons. The issue is whether he would take less money on his next contract than the market dictates. For example, he could take $10 million rather than $15 million, and that would be a huge benefit to the Lakers as they pursue other pieces.

  • pposse

    Right, but if his level of play in two years is comparable to the level he was playing at in 12-13 then wouldn’t the market value for a premiere sg be around 15-20 mil? Assuming hes still around 25 ppg on 43% shooting with 5 and 5, those stats dictate he should be making closer to like 22 mil a year. I don’t see him going lower than 15 mil. I’m predicting he goes that low only if the Lakers get some very good pieces.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Can’t blame him at all.

  • Caboose

    How about Tim Duncan? For what he did this year, market value would put him at a max deal. But he’s not.

  • Caboose

    Why?

  • pposse

    personally i think what Duncan did the previous two years dictated his decision to take a lot less in this current year. Who knows, maybe the pay cut motivated him to work extra hard in the offseason. This was one of his better seasons out of the last 5 that he has had (i think). Besides all that Duncan is a higher character guy, he seems to be the guy who would do anything to keep the core in tact and compete. Kobe on the otherhand is a head case to say the least. If he is still playing at an elite level, then everyone should expect him to demand and get elite money.The lowest Kobe goes is 15 mill imo.

  • The Seed

    Cosign 100%

  • RKJ92

    That’s exactly what I was thinking too, he may not want a paycut but he’s going to get one regardless, or he can walk.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Lakers would be foolish to offer him $18 million. No competing team will be able to pay him more than $15 next year. And even then it would take a lot of maneuvering, considering he’s not a long term solution.
    .
    Plus, you really think he’ll walk from the Lakers if they offer him a little bit less than someone else? Come on man.

  • bike

    It implies that he’s being selfish. No player in his position would open up a negotiation saying he’s willing to take a pay cut without knowing exactly what management has in mind.

  • Caboose

    I like that.

  • Caboose

    Duncan
    Garnett
    Jefferson
    Wade/Bosh/James

  • pposse

    pretty sure he wouldn’t walk at all from the Lakers. What i meant to say was that the market value for him would be like 18 million after next year (granted there isn’t some huge drop off in production). He should play for the bobcats, that would be interesting.
    agree i think he would sign on for 15 million; he might demand 18 if the team is going to continue to suck. Also thinking that the LA front office sign him to one year deals from next year on which will give a lot of leeway in decision making.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, i think he would go in and ask for around $20, but that is just way too high.
    .
    why do you think he’d be worth $18? He arguably hasn’t been worth $18 million dollars at any point in the last 3 years, and is coming off of an achilles tear. honestly, i think $15 million is more than he would be worth to anyone but the Lakers. a lot of people around the league think he’s done as a superstar level player altogether. given the history of that type of injury, i’m only like 51% in disagreement with them.

  • LakeShow

    LOL, pretty sure those guys had an idea of what was to come….

    Lakers haven’t said anything about their plans for the future.

    If they sign Lamar Odom and Derek Fisher he probably doesn’t want to take a massive pay cut… Makes sense right?

  • Caboose

    Haha good point.

  • pposse

    well last year was like 27 6 6. If your Kobe and in Kobe’s camp and look at numbers like that you’d be saying the guy is atleast worth 22 mil a year. I’m saying based off those numbers he asks for 18 because the front office needs room to operate. Probably asks for 15 if he’s “unselfish” – is he that guy? probably not. Anything offered to him less than 15, provided that he has near the numbers he had last year, is disrespectful imo.

    who knows whats goin to happen with that achilles tear. im like 70-30 in agreement with the rest of the league and opinion about the level of play kobe will be at when recovered. Who even knows when he will recover..say he doesnt come back till Christmas..then he has to work himself back into game shape and play, that probably takes another month, then all of a sudden there is only 2 months left in the regular season. What do you base his game off of then if your LA Lakers management? 2 months or the last full year he was healthy?

  • Lookin@itreal

    Yo, double standard alert…if Lebron did this every1 would b saying how selfish/arrogant/”not a team player” lol. Dude is most unfairly criticized/scrutinized/hated on athlete to live when he has never had any off the court issues, helps impoverished kids tremendously, always bout givin back at least in the public eye. He gets blasted for making. Justified free agent decision that was played out by media (it was ESPN who kept showing where he went what teams did). Yeah Decision was lame but Dude has come out mtiple times admitting his mistake. Alao that NOT 1 2 3 thing….it was a pep raly dawg. He was excited and tried to get his team hype and fans hype.
    I dont know these athletes personally and not questioning Their personal/non-basketball decisions or saying ppl should like one over the other, but just respect players for basketball

    I respect Kobe but Basketball wise You just cannot argue that he is better than Lebron look at the stats/accomplishments/historical feats/teams they both played on…People say Bron only wins b/c Wade and Bosh ehen in fact both of them were just average role players/starters/injured in the playoffs. Ppl say they cheated when in fact there is no proof that they did

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he was a total liability on defense. his offensive numbers are great, but i don’t think it’s very good value to pay a max level contract to a guy who is only really helpful on one side of the court……
    .
    27 6 6 after an achilles tear? i would be totally and completely shocked if he did that again. Especially considering last season was his most efficient.
    .
    If I were Lakers management? I probably would have amnestied Kobe, kept Dwight, and started retooling immediately. Worrying about resigning him wouldn’t even be an issue for me, as blasphemous as that probably sounds to a lot of Lakers fans.

  • pposse

    your not taking into account the tradition of the franchise. If it was the phoenix suns, amnestying Kobe its just business. Not %100 sure on this, but amnestying Kobe with the death of Dr. Buss in the past year might have appraisers devalue the franchise like 50 million dollars or so.

  • Kadavour

    please share with the class how you deduced 18 mil…comments like this put BSPN prognosticators to shame. LMAO @ “I don’t see him going below 18…” – wtf?

  • pposse

    i closed my eyes and put myself into his shoes..18 was the number i came up with…hold on…Kobe will also change his number to 7 as well

  • berkamore

    Kobe is funny. Maybe he doesn’t understand that you need options in negotiations. As in, if the Lakers are not willing to pay me 30 million, who is? And you use that as leverage.

    Well, the Kobester is in for a rude awakening for he is not worth 30 million dollars anymore. Are the Lakers going to pay for nostalgia? Maybe. But nobody else in the League is giving him $30 million a year.

    Besides, the Lakers are not amnestying him this year so they will probably expect something in return come negotiation time. The negotiation has actually already begun but Kobe doesn’t know it yet.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i know they won’t, but from a basketball perspective, if they want to become a dynasty again, that’s probably the best route.
    .and nah. the Lakers aren’t losing any significant value, being the Lakers in Los Angeles. their TV deal that just kicked in, by itself is worth more than any player could even effect.

  • robb

    why would he be willing to take a pay cut? these are his last years, he needs to get as much money as he can, specially knowing the Lakers are going nowhere. There’s no point in making a sacrifice for nothing.

  • LakeShow

    Where’s your source on him having a $30m asking price?

  • JoeMaMa

    The context is important. The Lakers signed what, a $3 billion dollar TV deal, right? Who’s responsible for that? It ain’t Jim Buss. Kobe’s brought the team 5 championships since he’s been there – I’m sure he’s thinking to himself, “I’ve brought the franchise value up, played a vital role in my team securing a HUGE deal, so why shouldn’t they go into some tax so I can be properly compensated?” I mean, the league’s superstars are all underpaid – Lebron, Rose, Durant…they should all be making way more.

    Another note is the “honourable pay cut” Duncan took. I’m a Spurs fan, and I love it. Keep in mind that even with their winning culture, the Spurs are a small market team. I’m not saying that they can’t pay Duncan more, but they don’t have the same TV and merchandise money.

    Having said all this, I would hope that this is only a strong negotiating stance for Kobe. If he really wants to win a title, he’ll have to take a pay cut. I think that at some point, Lakers ownership will, on principle, not go above a certain number – the tax is wild. They just paid $29 mil in TAX? Imagine if that doubles, triples…quadruples?! The Lakers CAN pay that…but expect a few of their accountants to swan dive from a tall building. I guess it’s a matter of finding that sweet spot – Kobe getting his money, the Lakers not being unreasonable with the tax.

  • dawg

    Yeah, “Kobe brought the team 5 championships”

    In the Shaq era, the lakers performed at a mediocre clip (1 game better than 500) with Kobe and without SHAQ and performed at a .780 clip with SHAQ and without Kobe. Overall they went .750 with both of them…so who do the Lakers win with more.

    Shaq was the reason they won those series (dominating numbers and game). People want 2 hate on shaq by saying he was just bigger than everyone else or that he didn’t be who they wanted to be or that he sucked at free throws.

    Lemme ask you something. For instance, assum Kobe shoots 20 shots and goes for a 40% (a little low but by no stretch of the imagination). At minimum he lost his squad 24 pts and maximum 36 pts.

    Shaq goes 40% from the free throw line and shoots 20 and lose their squad 12 points at MAX.

    But free throws determine the whole outcome of the game and having shaq out their is a liability? Having NO shaq you lose nearly 40 pts a game, 15 boards game, blocks, assist to shooters, a lane clogger, and intimidating force that people won’t drive on, and a more than .200 decrease in winning percentage, and open shots for shooter because Shaq was getting double-teamed/triple teamed. Shaq had a post game and was athletic.

    Also, Kobe on the Lakers without Gasol. Gasol was the most skilled big man in the game. Bynum even though statistically wasn’t that sick was still a functional 7 footer. How many times do star players have 7-foot twin towers in the lane for them at all times. Gasol would be putting up triple doubles and some of them were crazy like 20+ 15+ 10+… c’mon dawg.

    I’m not hating on Kobe, but strictly speaking basketball terms, he was by no means responsible for 5 of the lakers rings…arguably 2…and realistically 1 (when he dropped 40 8 8 I believe in the game 1 against Magic and avg. 32 and 7, but LeBron AVERAGED 38 8 8 against the MAGIC but unlike Kobe did not have anyone else on that squad…Kobe till this day has always had more help than Bron).

  • Sancheezie

    vanessa bryant demands alot of money.

  • berkamore

    He’s making 30 million dollars next season and is unwilling to take a pay cut so his asking price is 30 million.

    And the source is the article above the comments.

  • JoeMaMa

    Shaq was stupendously dominant for the first 3. Pau really stepped up and played huge in the last 2. I don’t deny this. I’m not saying Kobe’s the only reason – but if you watched any/all of those titles, Kobe was also dominant. He killed it. I remember seeing Shaq and saying “best post in the game – easy”. And then seeing Kobe and saying “best wing in the game – easy”. They were superb, those two, and it’s a shame they didn’t sort out the alpha male bullsh*t, but c’est la vie. So yes – along with Shaq (and others) and Pau (and others), he was responsible. The Lakers don’t win the titles without him, and he doesn’t win without the others – including Phil Jackson, of course.
    I’ll also say that I don’t get into the Kobe vs. Lebron thing. They’re both all-time great players – I usually leave it there. A joy to watch them both.
    To get back to my point, I think that on a basketball level, he should take a cut – especially if he wants that ring. Business-wise, he should get paid, because he’s played a vital role in making the Lakers obscenely rich. He’s won multiple championships, moved tons of merchandise, and has a huge, devoted fan base both in Cali and internationally (check the pro Kobe posts on this site). Dude’s a money machine for his team.

  • LakeShow

    No.
    He know’s he’s not worth his overly inflated last year of a the pre-CBA contract. He is just saying he is not going to go into negotiations with a stance that he’ll take a small contract.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    CAN SOMEONE PUT THIS COMMENT AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE …. plz

  • LakeShow

    The sacred nbk upvote is merit enough!

  • berkamore

    You are speculating (about him knowing what he’s worth or not worth) because you don’t know what he’s thinking. (it may be sound negotiating or the guy may be completely delusional, who knows)

    I’d rather go by what he is actually saying and go from there.

    P.S: I’ll take the delusional back. Kobe may have reasons to believe that he can get what he wants. (And with the current Lakers Management…………….LOL)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol you are crazy

  • Evan Boland

    Kobe played a substantial role in all 5 championships. You can’t only look at the Finals, you must look at how they got there. In ’10, Kobe was magnificent in the Western Conference Finals. And in those Shaq years, he had his biggest performances against the only other real contenders, who were all always in the West.

  • Evan Boland

    KG didn’t sacrifice much salary though.. He guy’s simply not worth that much dough anymore.

  • Evan Boland

    He was a liability on help defense, at the end of games, because he was playing 40 plus minutes.. He had some awesome DEFENSIVE games last year. I know, I watched all 78.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he had 2.

  • LakeShow

    You are speculating also. He said nothing of how much he thought he was worth. Just that he wouldn’t settle for less than he’s worth.

    The L now says he’s worth around $12-18m a year.
    He is not retarded.
    He is not going to forcibly retire himself by asking $30m.

    If you think that… Your no smarter than you think KB is.

  • playa

    One year 1,45 mil??!!! Who came up with this kind of genius idea?? And then they say he is unwilling to take a paycut…..Im lost for words.

  • berkamore

    “The League now says he’s worth around 12-18 m a years” Who says that? Any sources or just speculation?

    “He’s not going to forcibly retire himself by asking 30 million.” He is MAKING 30 million next year. That’s a fact. He’s is also NOT taking a pay cut, That’s another fact.

    Now, If you don’t know what to conclude when you put those two FACTS together……well, let’s just leave it at that. LOL.

  • playa

    Thank god you’re not lakers management. dwight or no dwight lakers will be fine regardless in a few years.

  • LakeShow

    He hasn’t been asked to take a pay cut. That is another fact.

  • makoface

    no way. the lakers can afford him to be paid what he makes. they make their money back and then some. he deserves every cent. he s a one man industry for the buss family.

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    Well, the Kobester is in for a rude awakening for he is not worth 30
    million dollars anymore. Are the Lakers going to pay for nostalgia?
    Maybe. But nobody else in the League is giving him $30 million a year.

  • Yoyoyoyo

    Kobe did play a substantial role in the PO’s; I think Kobe is cold, but to Dawg’s statement, I agree that Kobe is overrated and is arguably the best “sidekick” (I usually stay away from words like this but in this case it’s appropriate.

    First you say “real contenders” which is a contradiction to Kobe Fan’s main argument that Rings is all that matters. LeBron on Cavs went STUPID hard in the playoffs with that sorry squad even by carrying him (25 straight points 29/30; Boston triple double, Magic 38 8 8) Kobe got one game against the magic at 40 8 8 and everyone is like he is so sick BUT LEbron averaged that. He didn’t get a RING so none of that matters? Without Shaq and WITH Kobe, you could easily argue that that Lakers team wouldn’t have made noise and not even in the Playoffs. WITHOUT HIM THEY HAD A .780 winning percentage for like 30 games bro. Shaq was beasting anyone that got in his way. In the Finals, shaq be putting up 38 15 5 3 2 approximately Efficiently. Kobe did aight, but what about that Pistons series where he was so determined to try to win Finals MVP that they actually lost that series because of his horrid shooting.

    There always is a double standard with Kobe vs. every superstar/main player on their team. For instance, LeBron is the perfect example. He put up a triple double in elimination game 27 19 and 10 and averaged nearly that the whole series, but people say he quit. LeBron averaged 38 8 8 against the Magic, but people gave him the blame for the loss. If you take Lebron off his team, they get significantly worse. Even in 2011 playoffs, LeBron beasted in playoffs but did bad in finals. LeBron won two chips but it “the refs fault or his team is really sick when in fact Wade and Bosh were mere average role players {fact: Kidd and terry from 2011 finals outproduced Bosh and wade in 2013)”. Lebron carried the Cavs…the list goes on and on and on.

    With Kobe, there have been so many times that the Lakers have had better records without him or when he shoots/scores less. Shaq, as Dawg mentioned, and the lakers did worse when Kobe played. Kobe was on a lakers team who was reffed by Tim Donaghy; the GSW game against the Lakers this season was blatantly rigged. Kobe apparently quit on his team against the Suns AFTER losing 3-1 lead. Kobe couldn’t carry a “LeBron Cavalier squad” to the playoffs in one year and only to an 8th seed in another. Yeah the west was sick, but if LeBron’s cavs had the best record in the league and were number 1 seeds in the east and posted 66-16 (playing against both the EAST and the WEST).

    It has been statistically shown that without Kobe the Lakers do better, but when they win Kobe gets all the credit and when they lose, his teammates get all the blame.

    No other player has been in this position. I like Kobe because he has a raw mid range post up game and is easily 2nd best shooting guard ever to play. I like the Kobe who put up 14 asst back to back. BUT it’s time to think for a second and realize that

    if Kobe is being compared to the GREATs, he NEEDS TO BE JUDGED AND SCRUTINIZED like the GREATS. Kobe always gets a pass from subjective fans who just like him because his flash/game/attitude appeal to them.

  • LakeShow

    You did a good job of trying to sound subjective and not hate…. but ya failed.

    Who was he side kick to in the 2nd two chips after the three peat?

    “It has been statistically shown that without Kobe the Lakers do better.”

    Let’s just move straight on to the name calling, you are an idiot man… like really?

    Is that why they were so good in the playoffs this year?

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