At this point in time, there’s no timeline for Kobe Bryant’s return to the floor for the Los Angeles Lakers. Although Kobe’s return remains up in the air, GM Mitch Kupchak knows Kobe won’t be in recruiting mode during the upcoming season in order to lure in big-name free agents over the summer as of Sept. 25 via Serena Winters of LakersNation.com:
"Kobe’s not going to play to lure somebody to Los Angeles, he’s going to play to try to win games." – Kupchak
Kobe has already expressed interest in playing beyond his current contract with the team, which expires at season’s end, but knows the Lakers will be pursuing the biggest names available.
Once the upcoming season comes to a close, the Lakers will begin contract negotiations with Kobe in order to keep the five-time NBA champion in Los Angeles for the rest of his career. Despite Kobe being set to get an extension with the team, the future of the franchise will no longer be in his hands.
Ideally, the Lakers want LeBron and or Melo to make the move to Los Angeles, but the team may be forced to wait another year or two to land a big fish in free agency.
It’ll be interesting to see how things pan out this season and the impact it’ll have on the immediate future for this franchise that has won 16 championships.
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