At the bottom of T.J. Simers’ article on Kobe Bryant is an interesting blurb about how the Lakers may choose to handle the five-time NBA champion’s expiring contract.
Per Orange County Register:
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.”