In the past few days, a lot has come out about Kobe Bryant and whether or not he’d take a pay cut after his contract expires next season. The Lakers will have everyone but Steve Nash and Robert Sacre off the books next off-season and it’s believed that the plan is to sign two max players.
However, this season, Bryant will make over $30 million while he tries to rehab his Achilles injury in time for opening night next season.
We asked Lakers Nation if they were in Kobe’s shoes, would they take a pay cut next season:
In our poll, 60 percent say they would take a pay cut if they were in Kobe’s shoes to help the Lakers sign more players. While he’s maintained he won’t take a pay cut, it’s hard to believe him re-signing for $30 million.
Bryant will be 35 in August and after his first serious injury, he’s aiming to return on opening night as it sounds like he’s somewhat ahead of schedule in his recovery.
The Lakers will need Bryant to be healthy next season if they want to be competitive as the hole left by Dwight Howard has been filled by Chris Kaman, Nick Young and Jordan Farmar.
It’ll be interesting to see how Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss approach negotiations with Bryant as in 2004, things were made very public about his dissatisfaction with how things were being run.
Bryant has put those days behind him and went on to achieve great success wearing the purple and gold, but Bryant will have to realize a pay cut is in order.
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