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Lakers Will Allow Kobe Bryant To Become Free Agent In 2014

Kobe Bryant wants to go out with a sixth ring, he probably knows he won’t get it this year, therefore Bryant would probably have to take a pay cut in the 2014 offseason in order to make room for another superstar the could help the Lakers capture another championship.

In order to take this pay cut Bryant would have to become a free agent and wait to sign a new deal before the Lakers make moves. But what if Bryant received a huge offer from another team and left in his final season?

Report via OC Register:

“No, I don’t know what I’m going to be like when I come back. I’ve worked very hard and I have been blessed to be around great mentors, have been taught great fundamentals and have learned multiple positions. I’m hoping I will be able to adjust if I’ve lost any quickness or explosiveness.” I interrupt. “You told me a year ago you would never allow me to see you slip as Michael Jordan did in his final NBA run.” “It’s not going to happen,” Kobe says. “I’ve talked to a lot of actors who won’t take a role if they don’t think they can execute it.”

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.”

Kobe Bryant has a lot of people to prove wrong this season!

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