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Kobe Bryant Signs Two-Year Extension With Los Angeles Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant have agreed upon a two-year extension that will last through the 2015-16 season.

While the extension comes as no surprise to anyone, the timing of the extension is a bit strange. Bryant has yet to play a a game for the Lakers this season as he’s still recovering from his ruptured Achilles tendon that was initially injured in April of this year.

Bryant has began practicing with the team and the imminence of his return has drawn nearer with each passing day. The announcement of Bryant’s extension came via the Lakers Twitter account.

 

 

Even without Bryant playing a game for the Lakers this season, the extension being signed right now is a sign that the Lakers believe that Bryant has made a full recovery, or is very close to one, and that he will be an effective player for the next three years.

The terms of the deal have not been released.

*UPDATE* – It’s being reported that the deal is close to $48M a year per Chris Broussard of ESPN and ESPNLA’s Ramona Shelburne

 

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Great news.Good for Kobe Bryant he deserves 2 years $48 million dollars.No matter what this was the right move,Kobe is basically the Lakers best player ever aside Magic Johnson.God bless Kobe.Hallelujah!

    Go Kobe!

    Go Lakers!

    • Paytc

      It’s so easy to agree with the obvious truth !

      Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Kobe Bryant Signs Two-Year Extension With Lakers Worth $48.5M

    PER Mike Bresnahan

    • Paytc

      That is great ! However I think the deal should have been made for three years. Because Kobe will probably want to play an additional year or two? Time will tell and if so, hopefully it will be with the Lakers ? Go Lakers ! Go Kobe !

      • LakersHeatBeef

        If you’re wondering why Kobe signed a two-year extension and not a three-year, it’s because of the Over-36 rule.

        • Paytc

          I’m ignorant about the over 36 rule? It would be my guess that Kobe should be made an exception to the rule IMO? I am one of those guys who believes rules were made to benefit the rules makers, and that’s why they are often amended or broken. What ever the case – hopefully Kobe returns to the top of his game soon, and brings helps bring the Lakers a championship “this” year, and more in the years that follow. Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

          • Paytc

            and helps the Lakers win a championship “this” year,and more in the years that follow. Please use this as a correction to my previous post.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            I am just happy to hear Kobe will be on the Lakers for the next 2 seasons following this season.Thank god he never hit free agency.Everypone wants to know can the Lakers sign free agents now,well i am pretty sure Jim buss is willing to pay the luxury tax since he just paid $48.5 million dollars to Kobe out of loyalty.

            Think about it this way if the Lakers reach the $59 million dollars salary cap threshold with Kobe and max contract slot then re-sign Jordan Hill big pay day and Nick Young decent deal,Jordan Farmar decent deal ,Xavier Henry cheap deal,Shawne Williams cheap deal,Jodie Meeks decent deal.

            That max guy might only cost the Lakers $20 million dollars per season and with Kobe making $24 million dollars that’s $44 million dollars.Leaving $15 million dollars on the table to re-sign Jordan Hill and crew.Also our first round pick will be signed.Steve Nash will retire or be stretched out IMO.Blake will probably take a better contract offer elsewhere IMO.Gasol is likely going to be traded or left out in free agency.

            Then the Lakers would have to go over the luxury tax in a big way,Brooklyn has a over $100 million dollars payroll currently,so the Lakers can go over $59 million dollars but it will cause them tax penalties for every dollar they go over the tax penalty threshold.

            I can see a max guy and a top tier player worth around $12-$15 million dollars joining the Lakers in the off-season and i think the Lakers will spend near or at $100 million dollars next season in salary,they will go over the luxury tax in a big way IMO.

          • Daryl Peek

            Not smart to pay the luxury tax this coming season. The team loses mid level exceptions also. They can’t bank on vet min hidden gems forever IJS.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            I am sure the Lakers FO has a plan in place tbh.Hopefully it works.

  • Gregory Choa

    $48m for two years is a lot, more than I would’ve liked, but – hey – it is Kobe Bryant we’re talking about here. Good for him. Don’t see how the Lakers can bring a guy like ‘Melo in with this news. Looks as though the Lakers will make a run at trying to get Kobe his 6th with the group they basically have now, while also re-signing some of the better players that D’Antoni is developing now, and then making a run at the likes of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love in 2016…I can live with that.

    • Paytc

      The Lakers will have some money or trade value left over depending on what happens with Nash,Blake,and Gasol? I think the Lakers are planning to make a move or two by this coming Feb? Who ever we have Kobe’s return will make the Lakers better.

      Kobe is worth the money and more from both a business and game standpoint. Who generates better ticket and merchandise sales than Kobe? Then who plays harder night after night, at home and on the road?Who’s done more for the brand/team ? It was a no brainer to get the Kobe deal done asap.

      Now the team just needs to keep winning winnable games to be at or above 500 when Kobe returns. Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    • TheTruthKills

      Any chance of a sixth ring for Kobe died when that ink dried on the contract.

      • Gregory Choa

        You don’t know that. Gotta think mgmt is thinking two or three steps ahead with this deal. You gotta have faith in both Kobe and the FO, otherwise it’s time to get off the bandwagon and go become a Clippers fan….you wouldn’t be the first, believe me!

        Lakers For Life!

        • TheTruthKills

          I’ll be a fan until the casket drops my friend. I love Kobe for everything he’s done, but I support the name on the front of the Jersey first. It’s been that way since I was 5 (before Kobe) and will continue (long after Kobe). I just want my team to be competitive and win. This contract makes that very difficult. It seems like Kobe only wants to win on his terms. That pride made him a legend, hopefully it won’t have negative repercussions on the team I love.

          • Gregory Choa

            TTK, what do you mean “on his terms”??? This was not a negotiation, this was management taking care of one of its own! Kobe didn’t demand this, Kobe EARNED this, and continues to earn it…this is ALL ABOUT the name on the front of the jersey. The Lakers are the only franchise that could/would ever make a move like this! I don’t think people really understand or appreciate, or can really grasp, what it means for someone of Kobe’s stature and ability to play his entire career (20 yrs) with one franchise…can you name another?

            Understand this people…we, as Lakers fans, are BLESSED to have a) Kobe as the face of the franchise, and b) a franchise with the kind of deep pockets that the Lakers have. DON’T TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED! Believe me when I say that you’re going to miss Kobe, and EVERYTHING he brought to the table, when he’s gone. The Lakers will go on, and they’ll always be competitive, but when Kobe finally retires, we…EVERYONE…will have lost one of the true greats to have ever laced them up.

            Again, I trust in Mitch, and I trust that management has a plan…and that this move is the first of several ultimately designed to return this franchise to greatness! just you wait.

          • TheTruthKills

            By “on his terms” I mean he’d rather be the sole alpha dog on the team. There’s nothing wrong with sharing the spotlight with 2 other max players. He could have easily taken less money to build the best team possible. What’s wrong with 12-15 million per year over 2 seasons. Duncan made that sacrifice and his team was a rebound away from winning it all a year ago. It’s about the TEAM first. Everything you typed out was all about Kobe. Yeah he’s given us 17 great years, 5 titles, blood, sweet, and tears. But don’t say you’re obsessed with a 6th ring and then take up so much money when you could volunteer to take less.
            Of course we will miss Kobe. Just like we miss Magic, Kareem, Worthy West, Baylor,and all the way back to Mikan. But we eventually enjoy the memories and move on. Fact: Every generation of Lakers fan has witnessed a hall of fame player in uniform and a championship. That’s what it’s about. Preserving and continuing tradition of the TEAM, not just one player. Like I said before, I was a fan before Kobe and will continue to be until I’m six feet under. My loyalty lies with the TEAM first.
            One thing you hit on the money was trusting in Mitch. Hopefully he has a plan.

          • Gregory Choa

            He has to have a plan…you don’t make a move like that – with Kobe – and not have a plan (i.e., which includes intent to sign another max player) to back it up.

            As for the rest of your post re: Kobe and his motives, you make it sound like he did something wrong by not “taking less”…and comparing him to say Tim Duncan and his “sacrifice”…give it a break – I’m sure Spurs management had NO CHOICE but to have to ask Timmy to take less…that’s not how the Lakers roll, c’mon, you must know that. I honestly think that a lot of this deal is about the Lakers, as an organization, posturing a bit…reminding people that they’re all about TAKING CARE OF THEIR OWN, while remaining intensely competitive.

            The other thing that’s kind of perplexing me about the negative reaction that a lot of fans are having over this deal is that I think people are losing sight of the fact that Kobe, even with this injury, remains one of the game’s true max players. Even at the tender age of 34, the dude was 1st team All-NBA last season! Why WOULDN’T you want to invest in a guy like this?

            Again, retaining Kobe – at any price – is a BLESSING, people…revel in it, don’t hate it.

  • jeremy

    it might be alot for a guy who coming off a big injury and we dont know how he going to play. however he deserve the pay since who know how much longer he will play. also lakers dont have to get max deal player. why not sign a bunch of the guys we have on the team like young,meeks,hill and farmar and then add a good talent like greg monroe. that right there will still be a good team even without a another top player.

  • Veix

    Yes 48,5 might be alot because we have not seen him playing yet. But he indeed took a pay-cut from a previous 30m per year deal.

  • Daryl Peek

    Love having Kobe signed but this is a little too much at 24-25 mil a season. Kobe’s earned that by all he’s done as a Laker but 12-15 mil a season would have been more appropriate IMO. I don’t see how Gasol can fit into future plans now and it will be very difficult to build a big three with that much tied up into Kobe.

    If Melo joins Kobe on the Lakers next year, likely at 20 plus mil a season in a max contract, what’s left over to fill out the roster? 45+ mil of the 59 mil in total cap space is tied up in two players. that leaves 14 mil to distribute between 12-13 players. Not good being realistic.

    • Veix

      I would like to see how current roster + Kobe turns out. If Kobe is anywhere near the player he was last year, we might not need another max contract and we can build around him for a short term run.
      With all do respect, the key is to get rid of Nash. $9M a year for a similar play as Blake is not worth it.

      • Daryl Peek

        No way you can bring Nash back either. Elias Harris and Sacre have contracts beyond this season also. Jordan Hill is a keeper. How can we pay him now? And believe me when I say, Hill has a pay day coming. Love Kobe and all he’s meant, and he still has premium gas left in the tank no doubt but this was not well thought out…

        A Duncan/Ginobli/Parker discount double check was in order.

        • Veix

          Yes Hill is a keeper, but so are Young, Johnson, Meeks, Farmar, Henry. They are all making Lakers games fun to watch again and not to say, they are all young players who were willing to take less money!
          The 48m looks weird on paper, but I think the management have thought this through and expect to see some trades in this year. I think it will be Gasol.

          • Paytc

            I think you are making a fair assessment on things? I agree with you. As much as I want to see the Lakers keep Gasol he most likely won’t be worth the money he could get in the open market place. I think Gasol is not playing up to his potential, and we can blame that on injuries,coaching,system,chemistry or whatever you’d like to use as an excuse? I do think Kobe’s return will help lighten Gasol’s load and he’ll play better. But we have to get the most consistent bang for the buck and it might be a hungrier young player?

            I trust the F.O. will do the right thing. Whoever we put on the floor just needs to provide more production than they do excuses IMO.

            Go Lakers !

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed. It’s just had to digest at this point looking at the luxury tax plight/dynamics going forward. and we all know Kobe wants Pau to stay on with him.

          • Paytc

            Yes, I do agree with you on that. It is not easy any way you look at it.
            We can not live in a perfect world unfortunately. But hopefully we can see our big three win it all against the odds this year. Then if one or two of them part ways next year a tleast we would have seen them all reap success this year.

    • Lakers Fan

      I have to agree man. There is no way we can sign two max players, which I though was the plan going forward. I never wanted them to sign Melo, but I know he is high on their list of possible free agent targets. If we were to sign Melo, then we will have no money let outside of vet minimums. We have a lot of players have breakout seasons. There will be other teams offering more than we will be able to offer. Not to mention, the Lakers aren’t the only team who will have a lot of cap space. The Heat will have a lot of cap space too. And let’s be realistic, there will be more players willing to play with LeBron than with Kobe, considering their style of play and the age difference. I hope this don’t come back to bite us in the butt in the long run, but it is certainly looking that way.

    • Jim213

      Looks to possibly be an Over 36 rule contract (3 yrs) though may need to be verified. Don’t see Gasol taking less than $10 mil? Although, someone will be traded for sure now… no doubt to this…IMO

      c b a f a q . c o m / b l o g/?p=286 …………..if accurate info

  • Lakers Fan

    Lets be realistic here. I love Kobe Bryant, but this is a steep extension. The only person I can see them signing next summer is Greg Monroe. Although that is not a bad signing, but he is a huge liability at the free throw line. This also seals the fate of Gasol being a Laker next year.

    We also have to take into account that we have a lot of players on our team who are having breakout seasons. How are we so sure they will return, considering other teams might offer more than we can? I know Kobe is a superstar, but less money should have been offered. I’m happy he will retire a Laker, but we have to wonder will he ever be able to win his 6th ring with such tight cap space.

  • chris r

    I think the Lakers should give Kobe that amount but in a different way. In a way that does not mess up our future chances at a a title.

    • Paytc

      It’s a done deal ! That is just as useless as fans waisting energy on not supporting MDA.
      We have to always make the best of things, and support the team regardless to our personal bias,likes,or opinions. Go Lakers !

      • Daryl Peek

        PREACH!!!

    • Paytc

      If you took Kobe out of the mix and replaced him with Lebron,Durant,Carmelo,Harden,or whoever the chances at a title would not increase IMO. Any one so call superstar is just a part of the championship puzzle. Every superstar needs to have a good supporting cast. Bench players and other starters who will “step up ” and give us more production than they do excuses. Kobe is still one of, if not the games best player IMO.

      Go Kobe ! Go Lakers!

      • Donavan Taylor

        Not true Lebron makes any team into a title contender, and who ever has Durant can expect to be competitive for quite some time. Is way easier to find surrounding talent than is is to find top tier talent in it’s prime. The Lakers are .500 right now with guys off the scrap heap. Not one active player on the roster was seen as able to start on a contender going into the season. He’s 34 and has a debilitating injury. What is the greatest predictor of future injury?… AGE! This is way too much to pay vs salary cap. I hope I works out but the Lakers are cementing their reputation as an old school team that does not understand the cap/money ball.

        • Paytc

          I respectfully disagree. Lebron and Durant would have given up on the Lakers under the circumstances Kobe had to endure last season. Fired coach,multiple injuries,D12 ego,immaturity,nonsense,etc… If Lebron was so capable of turning any team into a title contender why did he purposely seek out D.Wade( who was the NBA’s 2nd best player at the time Kobe #1,to team up with) for leadership and guidance?

          And D.Rose situation should be a good indicator that health and longevity can not be taken for granted by anyone.

          Kobe is still one of if not the best player in the NBA IMO.
          If Lebron and Kobe switched teams last year Kobe would have easily won a title with the Heat and Lebron would have probably shot D12 or just given up on making it to the playoffs.That is why I thought Kobe should have shared the MVP with Lebron last season. Look at what Kobe did last season in his 17th year in the league? I want to see any of todays so call superstars play as well in their 15th year in the league.

  • dice

    Love it! I think, FO is not looking at bringing in a max player, eg. Melo… I think they are looking at solid players like Deng and Gerald Wallace. If lakers can have any one or two of these players in the offseason, IMO, we are really set for a title run.

    I would take a lineup of Monroe;, Hill, Deng, Kobe, Blake than a lineup with Melo…It’s a solid defensive lineup. Or we can go Hill-Deng-Wes-Kobe-Blake.

  • Chyeah

    I think the $48.5m just proves that management might be willing to pay the luxury tax just to bring in another star player.

  • rik

    Next Years lakers squad:
    PG: Bledsoe
    SG: Kobe
    SF: Ariza
    PF: K Love
    C: G Monroe

    PG: Farmar
    SG: Young
    SF: Henry
    PF: Wes
    C: Hill

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Kevin Love is a free agent in 2015.Eric Bledsoe is a restricted free agent 2014 and Phoenix has a huge amount of cap space to re-sign him.Greg Monroe is a possible restricted free agent worth pursuing in 2014 free agency as Detroit may not match his offer sheet tbh.Trevor Ariza can be had in 2014 free agency IMO.But i really would love to see the Lakers re-sign Jordan Hill and Nick Young,Jordan Farmar,Jodie Meeks,Xavier Henry,Wesley Johnson,Shawne Williams.But yeah you chose one hell of a squad.I like you’e way of thinking,nice day to be a Lakers fan today.Kobeeeeee!

      • rik

        Ok so maybe this lineup would be for next year:
        PG: Bledsoe i think LA can offer a lot of money
        SG: Kobe
        SF: Deng
        PF: Monroe
        C: Gasol

        PG: Farmar
        SG: Young
        SF: Henry
        PF: Wes
        C: Hill

  • jeremy

    i think lakers have a plan and know what there doing. my guess if this team does well i could see alot of the guys coming back and we dont sign a max player. we sign a bunch of good players that can fill weakness. since just look unless melo or lebron truly opt out and hit free agent. there rally no one who deserve a max deal on the market.

  • jeremy

    only superstars who might be out there gay,melo and lebron if they chose to hit the market and a older paul pierce. aside from that there alot of good talent but none of them are max deal talent. i think lakers would be better off signing a bunch of good players like Monroe, deng and maybe Greivis Vasquez

  • Daryl Peek

    “For Bryant and his freakish mentality, he not only believes he can live up to being the highest-paid player in the league post-Achilles rupture, he feeds off it. He’s not modest Tim Duncan. He’s Kobe Bryant, and he is all about that maniacal mentality of always being the best.” –Kevin Ding

    A very good article written on topic by Kevin. There’s huge risk on both sides but Kevin did a great job putting it into perspective on why it makes sense for both Kobe and the Lakers.

  • rik

    Next years lineup:

    PG: Bledsoe i think LA can offer a lot of money
    SG: Kobe
    SF: Deng
    PF: Monroe
    C: Gasol

    PG: Farmar
    SG: Young
    SF: Henry
    PF: Wes
    C: Hill

    • jeremy

      i really can see this as the team but if not bledsoe then i think we should get Greivis Vasquez.

  • TheTruthKills

    I though the plan was to secure the Lakers future, not cling to its past. Sorry but we overpaid.

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