Posted July 10, 2013

Kobe Bryant says he’s not taking a pay cut in 2014

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Kobe Bryant says he isn't planning on taking a pay cut in 2014. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant says he isn’t planning on taking a pay cut in 2014. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is expected to be paid $32 million in the last year of his contract for next season.

At 34 years of age last season, Bryant played at a All-NBA level, averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and six assists before tearing his Achilles tendon at the end of the year.

When it comes to re-negotiating a new contract with the team, Bryant is likely not about to play for a one-year minimum salary worth $1.45 million. He was asked if there was any chance of him taking a pay cut in 2014.

MAHONEY: Dwight Howard’s departure leaves Lakers pondering a wide-open future

“I’m not taking any at all – that’s the negotiation that you have to have.” Bryant told Lakers Nation on Wednesday. “For me to sit here and say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m just going to take a huge pay cut. Nah, I’m going to try to get as much as I possibly can.”


40 comments
cjnaztea6
cjnaztea6

Lmao! I see his on-court play also reflects who he is off the court... a selfish and hypocrit pos!!!

6marK6
6marK6

Look, Kobe has been promised a great deal of money, so be it. Is it a good contract for the Lakers, nope, but it is good for Kobe. And there it is, what is good for Kobe. Could he restructure his contract, which would allow the Lakers to go out and sign some legitimate free agents, you bet. Would this make the Lakers better, you bet. But Kobe's ego cannot accept not being the highest paid player, ego. So here is how it will play out this year. Kobe will gun like a madman and average a lot of points, but the Lakers will at best be around .500%. Then, everybody in the media will whine about how unfortunate it is that the Lakers did not surround the ballhog with a better supporting cast. Watch!

Dennis29
Dennis29

why do i get the feeling the lakers will lose kobe in  2014?  he's so stubborn!

manodenada
manodenada

Can't say I'm a big Kobe fan but the Lakers signed the contract too and well do you think they're not gonna make at least $30 million back this season?? I mean think of the hundreds of millions he's already made them! Plus honestly if you're a laker hater you want an old recovering pissy Kobe eating up that much cap and floor space, really hurts their flexibility, which is great for every other team in the league.

Ronald13
Ronald13

Is there still time to get Howard back and trade Kobe or at least put him on injury reserve list for the entire 13-14 NBA season and give him what world peace should not have gotten in 2014. The lakers should get Howard back before he signs with Houston and introduce Howard again to Kobe but as the new king of the lakers! Do it before kobe steps on the court again at 70 percent ability which is all you can do after a injury like his, ask others with that same injury.

horstradoomus1
horstradoomus1

Proof that Kobe is more about sucking the lakers dry than winning another championship. Well, we all have our priorities.

salvaje50
salvaje50

Well, if it comes down to signing LeBron or Kobe, I think Buss will pick Lebron.  Especially if you want $30 million a year, Kobe.

mahi2mahi
mahi2mahi

That's the biggest problem in sports these days. When you sign a deal, stick to it. Just because players have good seasons doesn't mean you change the contract right in the middle of one. Agents are the cancer for all sports.

djp9
djp9

Personally I think its simple. Each player is entitled to get what he can. Each player also has the right to decide what ultimately is important to them. He and we know that under the new CBA it is financial suicide profit wise to continuously stay well above the cap. So he will end up having a choice, max out what you can negotiate and either  EXPECT others to take less for the 'privilege' of playing with you or have the team lose money to sign everybody at or above market value. If neither of those happens then Kobe will inevitably complain his teammates aren't pulling their weight or that management needs to get more pieces around him. As we can see Kobe's attitude is always to 'get his' be in on a contract or while rehabbing.

Also I don't see another team out there who would give him max dollars after this contract. The Lakers can also negotiate from that point. 35 with 300,000 miles on the odometer coming off a major repair? Not a max.

It isn't just how you got your money but what you do with it that counts RobertSmith.

I agree DouglasHarrison, Rip is still a guy who doesn't nee the ball in his hands to play, if he can find the stroke he's had for much of his career he would be great to work with this team. Nash, Gasol & Kobe are all good passers.

DouglasHarrison
DouglasHarrison

I hope lakers get smart and pick up the recently waived Richard Hamilton, we could use a shooter! especially with Kobe out till December!

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Jimmie Buss inherited every dollar he has to his name.  Kobe has worked and earned his -- sacrificing an Achilles for the cause along the way.  Why should Kobe take a pay cut so Jimmie can keep a few dollars more?

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

Cracks me up that people are on Kobe about this.  Let's say you're at work
Boss: Hey dude, would you be willing to take a big pay cut?
You: Ummm no
Boss: But if you do we'll be able to afford to bring in some new people that are better at their jobs than your current co-workers.  We may even be able to find your eventual replacement.
You: Suck it.

BlackieCats
BlackieCats

Let's see him complain when the Lakers can only afford guys like Smush Parker, Josh McRoberts, Luke Walton, Chris Mihm, and other scrubs because Kobe soaked up the salary cap space. 

DogPuncher
DogPuncher

Report: Kobe acknowledges his championship winning days are over.

cjsamms
cjsamms

Why give up your leverage before you see who the Lakers want to bring in next year? If they get the right combination of players, then take a pay cut.

suelk1
suelk1

Kobe is a sound businessman and its all centered on himself as a product.   Why would you put yourself on the day old rack when you will be fresh and ready to go?    Its an industry not a popularity contest.

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

Kobe first.  Team second.  Welcome to the NBA.

mannythegoat
mannythegoat

NBA owners didn't get to where they are by accepting "less than"; no reason to expect the athletes to either.

Nick212
Nick212

@cjnaztea6 are you implying that his great stats prove he is selfish?  because if he had averaged 9.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG and 3.0 APG, you would be calling him an underachieving loser.  do you think LA and the Lakers made a ton off of winning and multiple championships off of Kobe?  yes, they did.  so does he owe them any favors when negotiating a contract?  no, he doesn't.

LonnieTruman
LonnieTruman

@6marK6 I don't like Kobe.  I do respect him for the hard worker that he is.  He owes the Lakers nothing!!!  If they want to give him 5% of the team, then he could sign for the league minimum and they could sign other players.  The scenario of him sacrificing for the team mostly benefits the team ownership.  They make millions off of those championship years, and the team value goes up.  This is why MJ was the most underpaid player in history even when he was making 35 million from the Bulls.

6marK6
6marK6

@mahi2mahi I think the point critics are making is that Kobe's contract is handcuffing the Lakers. And maybe the billionaire should be willing to restructure so they can sign better players.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@RobertSmith 

Employers pay money for value.  It's about what you can do, not what you have done.  As for where the employer got his money, what are you, the Wealth Police?  So long as he pays and behaves fairly, that's what matters.  And Kobe Bryant is not a max-contract player anymore.

In fact, Bryant is a risky proposition with age and a major injury. Anyway, "sacrificing his Achilles" implies a one-sided deal.  Unfair.  Bryant was getting huge money sitting on the bench this year with his injury.  And the owner ate THAT, too.  So it's a two-way street.

Lebron'S Headband
Lebron'S Headband

@nfinitwordsfoto on the court you're trying to win. kobe "wants to win" don't be stupid, there isn't a winning attitude that comes with normal work forces. making 30 million a year is a lot different than making avg salary. so don't compare the 2.

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

@BlackieCats kobe is on his his last few seasons-  hes cashing out so he could really care less at this point.   

WhoDatInHollywood
WhoDatInHollywood

@BlackieCats I agree wholeheartedly. This should be Kobe's last year as a Laker~provided he plays. Time to move on! He's been the Golden Child much too long and the Lakers don't owe him any more than they owe Shaq, Derek Fisher, Rick Fox or any other past player who helped win titles. They got paid for their work, then! People keep acting like the Lakers owe Kobe 4 or 5 more years of a bloated salary. Nonsense! 


The Lakers management is sicker than we thought if they pay Kobe anything close to his sick salary. It's unfair to give one or two players nearly 65% of the salary cap, and expect the rest of the scrubs to play for crumbs. One player making more than 12 teammates combined is not good. Where's the team spirit from Kobe? That's why the Lakers are in this hell hole now.

And I don't blame Dwight Howard for leaving. I would have done the same. I wouldn't want to play the next 3 or 4 years with Kobe if I were D12. And he confirmed it tonight: the Lakers are stuck in park with Kobe. They're nowhere close to moving on. So, to leave $30 million on the table, that should tell people a whole lot.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

@mannythegoat This particular NBA owner .... Jimmie Buss and siblings ... INHERITED a team that their DADDY built.  They got to where they are simply by winning the sperm lottery.  There is NO REASON Kobe should give up money to which he is legally and morally entitled just so the Buss kids can buy another platinum spoon.  

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@MidwestGolfFan @RobertSmith Did the team sign the contract?  Did the team know that he was going to have a huge salary in 2013-14 and sign it anyway?  Then that's too bad for the team, they're just gonna have to deal with it.  

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@Lebron'S Headband @nfinitwordsfoto They're completely comparable. And I'd love to see what you'd do if asked to hand over $15-20 million in the name of "winning".  You'd say "Eff you!" just like Kobe did. 

Plus, without being under the cap, cutting his salary won't matter because they still can't sign anyone except minimum salary guys or their one mid-level exception which they have either way. 

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@WhoDatInHollywood @BlackieCats  

Actually he really didnt leave anything on the table, its all about assumptions, and most of them are WRONG.


The "leave money on the table" statement only holds true if it were the LAST contract signing for Howard, EVER.

That is unlikely to be the case.

4 yrs in tax free Houston (vs 5 yrs in La) means he can become a free agent again and resign for an even longer (overall) contract!

 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@nfinitwordsfoto @MidwestGolfFan @RobertSmith  

Whoa.  Easy there.

Bryant's Achilles injury was not some kind of martyrdom.  He was being paid handsomely even though he didn't play.  The Lakers probably just accepted it as a reality.  But the fact is, someone was paying that money, and that would be the owner you seem to hate so much.  

You're right about one thing:  "Them's the breaks."  But paying someone tens of millions while they can't play, you might not be inclined to take a similar chance int he future.

Bryant will get his $30M in 2013-14.  Then he'll have to take his chances and quite likely, deal with the reality that nobody is willing to pay him what he wants.

 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@nfinitwordsfoto @MidwestGolfFan  

The title of the piece is "...not taking pay cut in 2014."  In other words, on his new contract.  There's nothing about Buss asking for a $12M cut from the current contract. 

I think you're getting all worked up over a misunderstanding.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@MidwestGolfFan @nfinitwordsfoto We're not talking about what happens after the current contract, that's an entirely different matter and I'm sure he won't get anywhere near what he's going to get paid this year.  But this year is the contract that they signed so they're just gonna have to man up and pay it. 

Cutting his pay even $12 million will not help the team this year other than what they have to pay out in luxury because it still won't put them below the luxury tax line.  Without being under they can sign the same exact players anyway.  League minimum and they'll get one mid-level exception. 

Why would he take a pay cut if the results are the exact same?  So that Jim "Tommy Boy" Buss can save money? 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@nfinitwordsfoto  

Does he want to win, or does he want money?  It seems to have reached the point where he must decide.  It boils down to that.

Your statements about contracts make no sense.  Nobody's trying to take money from Bryant's 2013-14 contract.  After that, it's a brand-new contract, whether Bryant (or you) like it or not, and he'll get what he gets.

As for the pay cut and quitting, good point.  It works for Bryant, too.  He can go free agent, or force a mid-season trade this year.  Then again, would they want to pay him?  The reality is, leaving a job for more money (or to get away from a cut) is predicated on whether someone actually wants to pay it.


nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

Going from $32 million to $20 million also does nothing at all to help the team.  So why should he do it? 

People always like to complain about players not living up to their contracts. It's common when someone sits out because they want a new contract for fans to post "It's too bad if you outperformed your contract, you signed it, live with it".  Now when a player is sticking with the contract that he and the team signed together, he's a bad guy too?  Doesn't make sense and you can't have it both ways. 

The team made the contract for Bryant and they should have to deal with it.

And by the way, if you take a pay cut at your job, it's most likely because if you don't, you're getting laid off and will have no money.  If you had leverage you'd tell them "no thanks on the pay cut.  Good luck with the next guy". 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@nfinitwordsfoto @Lebron'S Headband 

Please.  In the real world, people routinely take big pay (5, 10, 15 percent) cuts to keep their jobs in a recession.  Nobody likes it, but the alternative is no job with high unemployment.  And the average household income is around $50K, or 0.1% (that's 1/1000) of Kobe Bryant's salary.  Big difference.

Going from $32M to, say, $20M is about ego, not income. Bryant's reality is a lot of miles and now-suspect health.  He is personally taking up a huge chunk of the already-over-the-top payroll.  He keeps talking about wanting to win again.  OK, life is about tradeoffs. 

For the first time in his career, Kobe Bryant is being forced to decide what's more important.  Saying "I want it all!" isn't going to work.  It's called being a grown-up.  If he decides he wants the money, I never want to hear him complain about an inadequate supporting cast.  If he wants to win, I don't want to hear him whining about taking a pay cut for the team.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@turbojerry @nfinitwordsfoto @Lebron'S Headband The "took less money" argument is one of the dumbest out there when a player moves from a state with a state income tax to one without a state income tax.  Not only did Lebron actually make more after taxes over the course of a a 4-year contract by going to Miami for less contract dollars, but he also hits free agency again one year earlier.  That 5th year is meaningless to superstars who know they're going to max out again. 

Try not to call people ignorant when you yourself, don't have even a slight clue about what you're talking about.

turbojerry
turbojerry

@nfinitwordsfoto @Lebron'S Headband  

LeBron took less money and he won two championships and probably increased his brand worth exponentially.  Comparing an NBA salary negotiation with someone in the workforce is incredibly stupid and ignorant.  I don't care that Kobe says this, just don't complain (which he will) when you're not winning with the scrubs you have.