Kobe Bryant will be playing for at least 2 more years. As the Los Angeles Lakers signed Bryant to a contract extension on Monday. The deal is 2 years for about $48.5 Million.
Bryant, who is now 35 years old, will remain the NBA highest player. Bryant has yet to play this because of his torn Achilles. He is expected to come back sometime around Christmas.
GM Mitch Kupchak on the deal:
“This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said in the release. “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.”
Jim Buss thoughts to ESPNLosAngeles.com on the deal:
“This wasn’t something I decided to do; this wasn’t something [general manager] Mitch Kupchak decided to do. This was a Buss family decision,” Lakers executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday night after the team inked Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million extension.
“We made him the highest-paid player in the NBA because we felt like it was the right thing to do. This wasn’t about what somebody else would pay him or outbidding anyone for him.
“This was to continue his legacy [with the Lakers], our legacy of loyalty to our iconic players.”