Kobe Bryant: ‘This Wasn’t A Negotiation This Was Easy’ Reviewed by Momizat on . When news broke that Kobe Bryant had agreed to a two year extension worth $48.5 million with the Lakers, the news was greeted with excitement from many Laker fa When news broke that Kobe Bryant had agreed to a two year extension worth $48.5 million with the Lakers, the news was greeted with excitement from many Laker fa Rating: 0
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Kobe Bryant: ‘This Wasn’t A Negotiation This Was Easy’

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Kobe Bryant SmilingWhen news broke that Kobe Bryant had agreed to a two year extension worth $48.5 million with the Lakers, the news was greeted with excitement from many Laker fans. There have also been some detractors.

Many people have called Bryant selfish for not taking a larger pay cut, in the mold of other veterans like Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki, that would have secured more cap room for the team to pursue some of the top free agents expected to be available this offseason.

According to Yahoo! Sports‘ Adrian Wojnarowski, however, it was the Lakers who made the offer to Bryant. Bryant spoke to Yahoo! Sports about the process and had this to say:

This was easy…This wasn’t a negotiation. The Lakers made their offer with cap and building a great team in mind while still taking care of me as a player. I simply agreed to the offer

Many people think the Lakers have made a mistake in offering Bryant this much money. The Lakers have been planning to make a move in the 2014 offseason and this extension will make things difficult for the Lakers to bring in a top level free agent without pushing the salary cap to the limit.

If that were the case, the Lakers will be extremely hard pressed to retain any of their free agents meaning it is likely we may be saying goodbye to fan favorites like Jordan Hill, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, Steve Blake, and Jodie Meeks among others.

The Lakers always have a plan. At this point, it is up to Mitch Kupchak to execute it so the Lakers can get back to the top of the NBA mountain like we are used to.

Kobe Bryant Signs 2-Year $48.5 Million Contract Extension Will Lakers

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  • Paytc

    Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki are not in the same class as Kobe Bryant. Who do you know that runs people over to get to the game to see them? Kobe should be compensated like no other player in the league.Come on 17 years, 5 rings, one team,his global branding impact? From a business and player standpoint it was just due. As stated, the Lakers wrote the man a check with everything in mind. Kobe just agreed with the offer and it’s a done deal period. The deal is like Kobe… you can love or hate it. Now can we get back to some unfinished business.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

  • Lakers4Life

    Now it’s time to get LeBron and Melo next year! Can’t wait for the scary Big 3!!!! :D

  • Nang Hinaut

    The Lakers know what they are doing. People like from ESPN don’t know anything.

    I don’t understand why ESPN people dwell too much on salary cap. The Lakers are not even thinking about it. For them it’s not a concern. Even with Bryant’s new contract they can still go after another superstar in free agency. They can afford to pay beyond the salary cap and some penalty. People forget that Bryant is the Lakers’ money making machine. The revenue Bryant brings to the organization is more than enough to pay for another marquee player.

    Here’s the most important thing. I truly believe that one of the last wills and instructions of Dr. Jerry Buss to his children was to make sure that Bryant retires a Laker at all cost.

    • Paytc

      Nang Hinaut – You called it like it is ! Magic,Kareem, Kobe,etc… did enough to lift the Lakers brand to set the family up for the next 100 generations. Take care of the hand that feeds you. Fair exchange could never be considered a robbery.

  • ra

    Kobe just wants to serve mankind … to ….serve mankind. WAIT …. It’s a cookbook!!

    • ra

      No, seriously, folks, for every $10M the Lakers Org. loses in cap space, they make $50M from Kobe’s World Market value. That’s it! X’s and O’s of business.

  • Chyeah

    I can’t seem to understand the concept of why Lakers are suddenly out of title-contention because Kobe didn’t take a pay cut? Please can someone explain to me in detail even using figures if possible? Can you also explain how the CBA or salary cap works and how it’ll affect the Lakers? Please someone explain, I’m really struggling to understand this salary cap/CBA stuff.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    The way stuff works is you have to keep you’re top players in order to be successful.That just how stuff works.Lakers did the right thing.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Ladies and Gentleman honestly Jim Buss should be commended on opening up the check books and spending huge money on the Lakers roster,he could have easily pocketed the money and let Kobe walk in free agency to another team but he chose to do the right thing by re-signing Kobe Bryant.Mitch and Jim are smart guys they both know Kobe is worth the money he was paid.

    Their is never any guarantee players will come to you’re team if you have salary cap space,so their is a great possibility that if the Lakers let Kobe leave via free agency nobody would have come to the Lakers therefore leaving the Lakers with a roster similar to the one currently only difference maybe Gasol walks in free agency.That roster minus Kobe,Gasol,Nash would win around 30 games,No Playoffs.

    Now here is the reason re-signing Kobe for this amount is a great move by Lakers FO,well it is a $6 million dollars pay cut by Kobe and now a stretch out of Steve Nash contract at the end of the season adds $7 million dollars in cap space.

    Right their is $13 million dollars the Lakers would have otherwise never had.Now for example if Carmelo Anthony signs with the Lakers for $18-$20 million per season the Lakers will have some cap room left to re-sign Jordan Hill and crew.

    Then drafting a point guard in the draft will be a smart move.If Steve Blake and Pau Gasol want to take a hometown discount to stay then great if not then thank you for you’re services goodbye.Lakers can also sign another big time player like Greg Monroe or Eric Bledsoe if they cut some current players off the payroll.Selling contracts to other teams is very possible this trade deadline.Oh yeah BTW the Lakers will win 52-57 games with Kobe and Carmelo IMO,much better than where we were last season and this season.

    Go Lakers!

  • roseducanna

    Team LAKERS will play different when team have KOBEEN .Right now LAKERS play very action.But a selfish is still a selfish.

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