Posted November 25, 2013

Kobe Bryant and Lakers agree to 2-year, $48.5M contract extension

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Kobe Bryant has been sidelined with an Achilles injury since last April. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant has been sidelined with an Achilles injury since last April. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant has signed a contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The two-year deal is expected to pay Bryant between $40-50 million dollars, keeping his position as the highest paid player in the league. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Chris Broussard are reporting the deal is for $48.5 million.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said the move is a win for all sides:

“This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization,” said Kupchak. “We’ve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker, and this should ensure that that happens. To play 20 years in the NBA, and to do so with the same team, is unprecedented, and quite an accomplishment. Most importantly however, it assures us that one of the best players in the world will remain a Laker, bringing us excellent play and excitement for years to come.”

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Lakers’ executive VP of basketball operations Jim Buss said at the beginning of the season that the team was dedicated to keeping Kobe in L.A.

“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.”

The NBA superstar would have become a free agent at the end of this season had an agreement not been reached.


15 comments
alex33
alex33

20 years with the Lakers. That's insane. Read tweets from all the Lakers and beat writers at www.tweetslosangeles.com/lakers

airmjbsanders
airmjbsanders

On what planet does this move make any sense for the Fakers!  Wow, Jim Buss has really cemented his position as the West Coast version of Jim Dolan!


Newsflash Faker Nation -- all this means is that your team has ZERO chance of winnin the chip until the '16-'17 season!

Somebody tell me what other team in the league would've signed this guy to anything close to $24MM/yr.  SMGDH...

Dodgerflip
Dodgerflip

I'm a lakers fan but at least wait and see how he plays after his injury. Too much money, maybe around $12-15 mil. Range would of been better.

nsbanks43
nsbanks43

You are delusional if you think this person cannot play basketball.  And I mean that sincerely.

alliesohio
alliesohio

This is great news for every other team in the West. Kobe will keep the Lakers from improving for two full years.

hight
hight

reportedly 2 years $48M.  the lakers have lost their mind.  someone needed to make a tough call and they couldn't do it.  his worth is questionable since they don't even know if he'll be able to play again.   pure stupidity and emotion in play.  the kobe era is over.  

nsbanks43
nsbanks43

@Dodgerflip Naturally. The brass has already been privy to seeing that. This IS, quite obviously, a sign that management is encouraged in his recovery if they are willing to give him several millions of THEIR money.

nsbanks43
nsbanks43

@airmjbsanders @nsbanks43 My posts are accurate. Yours, however, leave much to be desired. First off, I am not a Laker fan. But more importantly, you are completely unaware that this person is a quality performer in the art of basketball and wish to portray yourself as credible when among reasonable individuals.