Lakers Nation Roundtable: The Effects Of Kobe Bryant’s Contract Reviewed by Momizat on . The biggest news of the week, and possibly the season, came down on Monday when Kobe Bryant agreed to a two-year extension worth $48.5 million. The news was met The biggest news of the week, and possibly the season, came down on Monday when Kobe Bryant agreed to a two-year extension worth $48.5 million. The news was met Rating: 0
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Lakers Nation Roundtable: The Effects Of Kobe Bryant’s Contract

Kobe BryantThe biggest news of the week, and possibly the season, came down on Monday when Kobe Bryant agreed to a two-year extension worth $48.5 million. The news was met with joy from some, but trepidation from others.

While most agree that Bryant has earned this money because of all that he has brought to the Lakers throughout the years, many were hoping that Bryant would take a substantial pay cut, similar to that of fellow veteran Tim Duncan took, with the belief that the Lakers could use the extra money to lure in one or two superstars to pair with Bryant.

There is no doubt that the goal of the Lakers is to win championships, but with this deal, the Lakers may have made it more difficult to achieve that goal in the near future. So with that, we asked our experts the question, with the Kobe contract extension, have the Lakers prevented themselves from improving the team as a whole? This is what they had to say:

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): The Lakers locking up Kobe Bryant for two more years after this season at $48.5 million was surprising to say the least. Bryant has yet to play a game on his surgically repaired Achilles and may be nowhere near the player of old when he returns. But the team had no intention of letting him hit free agency and chose to gamble on the prospect of him bouncing back from this serious injury.

Although the move to re-sign Bryant at such high price limits the moves the team can make in free agency this summer, there’s still hope that the Lakers can build a contender around the aging superstar.

Let’s face it; LeBron James isn’t coming to Los Angeles and Carmelo Anthony signing a long-term deal may be just as much of a stretch. Despite missing out on these superstars in 2014, the window of opportunity may come in the summer of 2015 with Kevin Love possibly becoming the team’s primary target.

Although Bryant’s deal will limit the Lakers’ ability to make moves heading toward free agency, the storied NBA franchise is among the best in professional sports in figuring out a way to rebuild regardless of circumstance.

Ramneet Singh (@RamneetSingh24): The Los Angeles Lakers have inked Kobe Bryant for two more seasons, and contrary to what many people believe, the Lakers have gotten better. There is growing concern that the Lakers will be unable to go after the marquee free agents this summer now that Bryant’s contract has put a dent into the cap space, but let’s be honest, the only real possible summer signing would be Carmelo Anthony.

Neither LeBron James nor Dwyane Wade are going to opt out of their deals to go to Los Angeles, but Anthony has been a possibility and remains to be.

The Lakers have one of the best players and leaders in the NBA for two more seasons, so I can’t see how they got worse. The younger players have a great mentor to learn from and when the game is close, the coaching staff has an elite player to design a play for. In addition, the Lakers are still poised to make a run for the younger stars that become free agents in 2016. The front office made the right choice when offering Bryant that two-year deal, they set the team up perfectly for the present and still have flexibility to rebuild once he leaves.

Suki Thind (@TheRealSuki): I’m not a salary cap expert, and Kobe Bryant hammered that point home with a few people on Instagram, so I won’t sit here and act like I know the intricacies of the CBA and/or which player(s) the Lakers will or won’t be able to obtain in the summer of 2014.

I won’t even argue whether Bryant’s $48.5 million contract over two seasons is fair. What I will say is that obviously the more money spent on one player is less money available for other players. However, if what Bryant is saying is true — that the Lakers offered him this contract and he simply accepted it — than I’m sure Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss know what they’re doing.

Management decided to get this deal done before Kobe’s return in an effort to show good faith toward a player who has worked tirelessly to deliver for the best franchise in the league. The fact that the process didn’t drag on throughout the season indicates that both sides were on the same page.

I truly believe that both sides are concerned about winning championships, and this deal may seem a bit much given the new restrictions of the CBA, but it appears as though both management and Kobe Bryant are confident that the team still has enough money to build a championship-caliber team.

In this league, there are two people I fully trust when it comes to delivering — Kobe Bryant and Mitch Kupchak.

We’ll just have to wait and see exactly how they plan to deliver next.

Kobe Bryant, Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss Speak Out After Contract Extension

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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • Erad

    Kupchak I get. What exactly has Jimbo done to inspire trust?

  • Martin Susman

    Sorry but Kobe should not have been given $24,000,000 before he even set foot on the floor. He could come out, hurt his foot again & like Rose, be finished except Kobe would get $50,000,000 Laker dollars. Sorry but a HUGE mistake….

  • Joseph Apohen

    Lakers sign Kobe in gratitude for all the years he made money for the organization. He is the face of the franchise and I don’t think TWC would be happy with no Kobe who will pack the Staples Center every night. I also think management realizes that no super star would play along Kobe unless he becomes Robin to Batman. Example? D12. With Melo, they will need two balls. I think players that would defer to Kobe is somone like Luol Deng who has no drama or that guy from the Pacers who came out of the injury he had last year. However, if they sign those two or even one, how are they going to afford Love and/or Westbrook as Kobe will still be in the books with Nash and possibly Pau. They will have to wait until 2016 when Kobe and Pau retire in tandem.

    • nlruizjr

      well Mitch and Jimbo took a gamble on DH12 coming back to the lakers and now this signing smacks of the same gamble and this bull crap that the lakers are paying him for his past play, Kobe still made millions from the Lakers and from product sales and endorsements, not all players get endorsements so Kobe has nothing to complain about his past play, IMO it’s just silly to cripple your chances to get better qualified players to play with Kobe, instead of having to dig through the scrub heap pile, It’s a slap to the other players that disrespects them and their chances of getting to negotiate for a larger income next season, if any of these players make it to next season, there are some that really deserve to be on the team longer than this season and to be disrespectful to these players by the FO is just a shame, sort of down the same line when they fired most of all their employees after Phil Jackson’s tenure with the lakers. I’m a Laker fan but sometimes it’s just hard to be a Laker fan.

      • jff

        Kobe and Mitch they real know what their doing. There is no chance for LB to come to LAL. They know that -the only chance they have is to make sure an ICON Kobe Bryant is going to retire as a Lakers. it is worth it. Congratulation JIM and Mitch for letting this happen. it will be a historical day when we see Kobe Being Bryant retires as a Lakers. God bless Lakers organization for your generosity.Lakers will win more championship the years to come.
        Go Lakers

  • 5xob

    He deserves the money, none of you would have turned that down, and after not winning and his wife bout to take half, duncan over there saying, Damn should have took what I’m worth. And I’m sorry if ticket prices and merch has no cap, why should the guys who truly bring in the money have to pay for it? They should put in a provision for those who are true money makers like the labrons and kobe’s, since they make so much for their teams 15% of their salary should be exempt from the cap. Hell they earned that right in my book yell

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