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Lakers News: Jim Buss Will Allow Kobe Bryant to Become Free Agent Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers will have a lot of questions to answer this summer, and perhaps the biggest one will be what to do with Kobe Bryant. This upcoming season The Los Angeles Lakers will have a lot of questions to answer this summer, and perhaps the biggest one will be what to do with Kobe Bryant. This upcoming season Rating:
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Lakers News: Jim Buss Will Allow Kobe Bryant to Become Free Agent

jimbussThe Los Angeles Lakers will have a lot of questions to answer this summer, and perhaps the biggest one will be what to do with Kobe Bryant.

This upcoming season will be Bryant’s last under his current contract, and at this point, it is unclear what he will do during the off season. The Lakers are trying to rebuild their franchise and in order to do so, the front office has to bring in younger talent. Although Bryant has been the face of the team for several years now, the Lakers will eventually have to move into a different era.

According to the OC Register, Jim Buss said the Lakers will allow Bryant to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

He becomes a free agent at the end of the season, and Jim Buss says because of the pay structure of the NBA, the Lakers will allow Kobe to become a free agent.

He says he has talked to Kobe and believes they have an understanding, Bryant waiting as a free agent while the team spends to upgrade and then using what is left over to pay Kobe.

“We’ve probably talked,” says Kobe while being somewhat vague, “but I’m putting off any thought of that.”

There is a potential of a very talented free agent class of 2014 and the Lakers are hoping to capitalize on all of the star power. However, there is also a chance that the unrestricted free agents re-sign with their current teams and that all the young restricted free agents opt to stay in their current situation.

The Lakers are on the verge of leaving the Kobe Bryant era, and in order for them to assure future success, they will have to make smart front office decisions this season and next summer.

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  • LakersHeatrBeef

    Star Players and their respective team generally open up contract extension talks before the season and during the season and close the deal after the season.But that’s usually only if the team and star player mutually agree on such discussions.I know Eric Bledsoe and the Suns are about to reach a deal.I think Kobe and Jim should at least open up some discussion and see what happens.It’s crazy to even imagine Kobe leaving us to play elsewhere.Jim buss would be run out of town if Kobe ever leaves to another team.Kobe Bryant leaving That’s sac-religious to even discuss i swear to god.

  • Paytc

    I’m sure both sides will do what they believe is in the best interest of the team. Kobe is a box office ticket and merchandise extravaganza. He is also the hardest working player in the NBA. He has also been a major catalyst in continuing to build the brands of NIKE,NBA,KOBE,and the Lakers since the retirement of Magic,and MJ. What a player he is !

    Hopefully Kobe retires as a Laker in 4 or 5 more years. :-) Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    • Paytc

      Unless he wants to and is able to play longer.

  • Super Girl

    Kobe has to be smart and take a pay cut for him to get that illusive 6th RING!!!

  • Daryl Peek

    Oh boy! The Jimmy haters are gonna flip wigs over this! The Lakers have to do this. No way they can afford to bid 35 million which is what Kobe would be up for in extending him VS. signing him after letting him become a FA.

    • Gregory Choa

      Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see what Kobe’s “worth” will be on the open market.

    • CharlieMurphy!

      I think for once, I can say little Jimmy’s right. Kobe’s reaction sounds to me like he doesn’t fully support the idea of getting the last contract and pay cut for the benefit of re-loading the team for the future. He should learn from Tim Duncan and how he took less so the Spurs can win like they are now. But I guess he wants his cake and eat it too.

      • Daryl Peek

        I don’t get that from Kobe? As a matter of fact, Jimmy doesn’t either given what he’s saying in this. Talking and having an understanding seems mutual to me.

  • NotSure_i_Agree

    No disrespect but why is this news? It makes sense to try to attract free agents first and then sign and not the other way around.

  • 3339

    He’ll officially be a free agent/ but won’t be at the same time.

  • Jim213

    As long as the team ends up with $8 to 10 mil at the end there shouldn’t be an issue. There are other ways to resign Kobe for his loyalty to the brand. An “over 36 rule” can be used to pay him his due worth as one of the benefits to this is that a players salary can be deferred.

  • Keene Paul

    kobe should get a contract like Magic got Lifetime Member LakersNation 4Life

  • lakers_824

    “I want to put an end to any speculation that we would allow Kobe to become a free agent. That’s not going to happen. Kobe is a top priority for us. He’s a Laker legend and always will be. I don’t think we’re done winning championships with him yet.” – Jim Buss

  • Gigi Salvador Cruz Rodriguez

    No way! Dr. Jerry Buss’ probably turning in his grave :( I still believe that Kobe will show everyone(the doubters & naysayers) why he’s the greatest EVER!!!

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