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Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 11:30 am  |  48 responses

Kobe Bryant Signs 2-Year Contract Extension With the Los Angeles Lakers


Contract extension talks began a little while back, and today, the Lakers made it official. Kobe Bryant has re-signed on the dotted line for two more seasons. From the press release: “The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. ‘This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization,’ said Kupchak. ‘We’ve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker, and this should ensure that that happens. To play 20 years in the NBA, and to do so with the same team, is unprecedented, and quite an accomplishment. Most importantly however, it assures us that one of the best players in the world will remain a Laker, bringing us excellent play and excitement for years to come.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    FOR HOW MUCH MONEY THO.
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    EDIT: *He will be the highest paid player in the league each of the next 2 years*
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    Amar’e Stoudemire makes 23.4 million next season
    Joe Johnson makes 24.9 million the season after that.
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    Kobe will be highest paid player in the league both seasons.

  • spit hot fiyah

    we want to know for much

  • Abaci

    hmmmm is Melo gonna ba a laker?

  • 360

    They must be satisfied with his recovery now. 23.5M and 25M next two years.

  • Kap

    I makes me think they know something behind the scenes. Also Kobe signed for two years bc players at his age can’t sign for no more than two years with the new CBA. I know people thought he would retire after this contract.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they know nothing behind the scenes. there is nothing too know. they just signed a 36 year old with a torn achilles to a contract worth $48.5million over 2 years just to keep him as the highest paid player in the league. They have a 2 billion dollar TV deal, wasting a bunch of money is not a big deal to them.

    and……ugh are you really under the impression that the CBA has a year restriction based on age? because that is just flat out wrong.

  • Kap

    Maybe the Lakers realize there’s no one available to sign via free agency the next two years that will bring a ‘ship. Also, its no coincidence that when kobe’s contract expires will be the year Durant is a free agent along with Davis a restricted free agent.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no one available?
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    potentially,
    – LeBron
    – Carmelo
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    definitely
    – Dirk
    KWAME BROWN

  • Kap

    Larry Coon just tweeted it…And they had no chance at Bron and they could still sign Melo. My point was that I think they have their eyes on Durant and won’t risk signing second tier superstars and messing up their cap space.

  • bike

    It’s either Respect or maybe they found 50 million extra bucks under the couch in the owner’s lounge.
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    Kobe Motherfu*kin Bryant.

  • Kap

    Check out Larry Coon’s tweet about the over 36 rule in regards to contracts.

  • Win big

    He’s 35 not 36 fool!

  • patrick

    huh? i would not resign him if i was GM for 2 years (i’d go year by year,,because of his age!),,especially SINCE we haven’t seen him back from injury

  • patrick

    i still think lakers gm shud try to get Nowitzki and Kobe together…would be very interesting lineup

  • patrick

    wtf are you pulling those #’s from? the official press release from the Lakers said terms of deal not disclosed, lol.

  • Junkie

    SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKER.

  • Harvey

    But he’s 35. As of today, he signed a contract at that age which should discount that rule. I think.

  • Harvey

    Great news. Now, next summer will be very interesting in LA.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that rule doesn’t make it illegal to pay a player over 36 for more than 2 years. That’s my point. It’s not about a year restriction, it’s about deferred compensation. If they wanted to, they could sign him to a 5 year deal, just like any other player.
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    here is the actual specifics about the rule,
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    http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm#Q56

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    a lot of people know the details.
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    @ramonashelburne1h
    Kobe’s contract will be $23.5 million and $25 million, source tells ESPNLA.
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    for example.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nah, it’s just that the rule doesn’t restrict signing a player for more than 2 years.

  • Kap

    I see…my bad for the faulty info

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nah man it’s understandable. and it makes sense why they would “only” sign him to 2 years considering that rule.
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    but it really has more to do with Kobe being open about not wanting to play past his “effective” prime. he already said last year he planned on playing only 2 more years. So by signing a 2 year contract he is essentially already signing on for a season after his “planned” retirement. there really was no reason to offer him a 3rd year, he said he doesn’t want to play that long, and there is no telling how much he’ll be worth.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “It is often reported that the Over-36 rule prevents teams from signing older players to long contracts, but this is false. Teams are not prevented from signing longer contracts — the Over-36 rule simply removes any incentive for doing so.”

  • Kap

    I just find it interesting that the so called experts so this is horrible for LA and Kobe isn’t worth the money. Have they not been to a lakers road game, or seen the way they sell merchandise. I live in ATL and when they play the Lakers that is an extra home game every year for the Lakers. Plus they can still sign Melo or someone next season and still have money when Durant is a free agent. Writers should stick to writing and not trying to be analysts.

    Also, I see people see Jim Buss is at it again making bad decisions but I’m 100% sure Jerry Buss would of done this same move without a thought.

  • Drig

    @disqus_rOeXXBD2qs:disqus , I wouldn’t call this a bad move for either party.

    For the Lakers, they retain arguably the organization’s best player for another two years ( i.e. 2 years more of sold out Staples ) while having enough room to make a move for a franchise player.

    For Kobe, it’s pocketing a cool 50 million from the 2 billion pie he helped the Lakers get.

    Besides, if something comes up after next year and LAL can get good in a hurry, Kobe can always retire, grab the cool 25 million, rest for 6 months and come outta retirement and join the Lakers again!

  • LakeShow

    Has there ever been that large of a contract for this old of a player?

    20 years in the L for old man Bean.

    I hope he retires after that. Unless they win a chip. The only way a chip is happening though is if the Lakers get a top 10 talent.

    This summer is very, very important for the franchise.

    Kobe should be making a debut in the next week or so.

  • spit hot fiyah

    wow. lifetime achievement contract

  • robb

    Kobe’s a legend, that’s what the man deserves after everything he has done for them and for the city of LA.

    The rebuilding process will come, but right now the Lakers are taking care of a legend and I think it’s the right thing to do.

    Besides, that 2 billion TV deal nbk mentions? Kobe played a big role in that, so they’ll pay him the money he was asking for and they’ll have one of the greatest Lakers players ever retiring as a Laker. I have no problem with this.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    do you want to win a championship in the next 2 years? if the answer is yes, then this was a bad decision.
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    in terms of revenue, this salary is going to yield a profit. and it doesn’t hamper their future flexibility. but all criticism about this deal revolves around this preventing them from competing immediately. As i’m sure, having one guy earn 40% of the salary cap is an obvious issue that you understand, right?

  • CKLOH

    i. This means he’s completely healthy and we can expect continued astounding displays.

    ii. He wants to win his sixth sans LeBron.

  • Kap

    They have the role players and athleticism now to compete. They are a superstar away from being a contender but I wanna know who was walking through the door in free agency the next two years that would guarantee them a ring. Melo? Love? Maybe with Melo on this team they have a shot. But the deal doesn’t prevent them from signing Melo. The goal now is to create a good team with a solid secondary player then go after Durant, AD, Westbrook. I guess people would rather see them waste five years 60 million on Greg Monroe or someone on that level. LA goes for home runs not singles and doubles.

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    If Kobe got what he was actually worth, LA would have enough money for 2 big money players. Or multiple mid tier guys that can contribute. Broken Laker fan thinking to assume they are only one player away. Y’all are far from competing for a championship, you need another very good player, and a starting caliber role player……at minimum. And now you don’t have money for that, without reshuffling the roster.

  • spit hot fiyah

    sure, mark cuban is probably down to help the lakers out

  • Jake

    It’s a 2 year deal for a player that got to take 7 months off. He’s going to be rested, and I’m willing to bet that there isn’t going to be much sign of decline. Every year since he turned 30, NBA fans are clamoring about how Kobe is old and won’t be as productive and he proves them wrong, every year.

    Also, he doesn’t let the Lakers get away with mediocrity. He gives his all and he holds the entire organization accountable for their performance. Kobe Bryant lays his body on the line every single night, balls to the wall. There is no other player in the league that plays with the same amount of effort with the level of productivity that he puts out.

    People need to stop worrying about the age of a player, and look at their history. Stop looking at the potential of a player, and look at their body of work. And lets not even talk about the injury. It was a freak accident, he’s not Amare Stoudemire with the knees.
    Now we just need to ask ourselves who the Lakers are going to bring in to help Kobe get number 6.

  • #yourealoser

    get a life dude haha.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    holler back in like an hour when you finish applying for jobs on your moms lap top.. i’m in a meeting.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s a terrible move.
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    Do the Lakers plan on winning with Kobe Bryant on the roster?
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    if the answer is yes.
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    it’s a terrible move.
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    terrible.
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    terrible.
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    terrible.
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    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/83785/the-true-hollywood-story-of-kobes-crippling-contract

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they can’t get a top 10 talent.

  • LakeShow

    Last I checked, Melo was top 10.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    in order to sign Melo, they will have to renounce Pau Gasol…and every other player on the roster not named Nash.
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    The Lakers could have, at most, about $21.5 million in cap space this summer if they retain Steve Nash’s full salary. And even that figure assumes the following:

    • L.A. renounces its rights to Pau Gasol, and does not re-sign him;

    • The Lakers pick around no. 14 or no. 15 in the draft;

    • The Lakers sign zero other players before luring Star Player X in free agency, so that the empty remaining roster spots carry minimum charges of only about $500,000 each.

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/83785/the-true-hollywood-story-of-kobes-crippling-contract

    This is just a blatant disaster.

  • Evan Boland

    Look what Brooklyn did this off-season.. They can just go over the cap.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Brooklyn was already over the cap. They didn’t sign free agents, they made trades. You have to have salary to trade for salary (within 5%). It’s totally different. The Lakers have no assets to trade. And they now, have significantly less money to spend.

  • robb

    Please not Melo, not worth the money

  • Drig

    Wait…….so you’re saying, we can’t sign ANY other top tier player?

    So that means we’re dealing Pau before the trade deadline for draft picks………:x

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That is actually the smartest thing they can do. Unless Nash retires, then letting him walk might still be the play. If Nash retires and files in time, LA could have significantly more money then we are expecting.

  • Drig

    Here’s how I expect things to shake out :

    1. Trade Pau by the deadline for expiring + draft picks
    2. Just barely make the POs
    3. Let Nash retire next year
    4. Nab Melo ( optional )
    5. Fill out the rest of the roster on 1 year deals
    6. Go hard after Irving/Love in 2015.
    7. If there’s value to be found in solid role players, ask Kobe to retire.
    8. Kobe retires, LA gets the entire cap space to sign complimentary players.
    9. Kobe makes a comeback after 5 months to the Lakers on the min.

    Dunno if 9 is possible but as a Laker fan, that would make me quite happy TBH.

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