Lakers VP: Kobe Bryant’s extension is our top priority
Buss, the son of late Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, told reporters the front office is focused on bringing back Kobe:
“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.”
Bryant is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the season if a deal is not reached, but Buss says Kobe’s agent and Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak are already in negotiations:
‘[Lakers general manager] Mitch Kupchak and [Bryant's agent] Rob Pelinka have been talking, but with him being hurt, it has slowed the process some. I don’t know when it’ll get done, but I have faith in Rob and Mitch to work things out.’
Bryant suffered an Achilles injury late last season and his return is not yet known. He is due to make $30.5 million this season.