LA Lakers rumors have team executive vice president Jim Buss commenting on Kobe Bryant becoming a free agent. These Lakers rumors could have fans of the team quite pleased, especially if his wishes are honored. According to a report from ESPN early Saturday (Oct. 26), the five-time NBA champion won't will get a new deal from the team before next offseason even hits.
At the end of the 2013-14 the current contract for Bryant expires, potentially making him a free agent if he doesn't get an extension. Buss spoke about the situation, stating that, "I want to put an end to any speculation that we would allow Kobe to become a free agent. That's not going to happen. 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."
This would seem to end the speculation right there and end any thoughts that other teams might have of signing him away from a franchise he has given nearly his entire career to. It is certain that more LA Lakers rumors will come up about Kobe Bryant up until the point that he signs an extension or files for free agency though.
At the moment, he is the highest paid player in the NBA, with a slated salary of $30.5 million this year. He has already stated that he wants to retire with the franchise as well, so now it just comes down to reaching that agreement. As for when he will return from surgery on his left Achilles tendon, that is a much bigger mystery.
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