Kobe Bryant Won’t Take Significant Pay Cut

March 25, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) looks on during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Lakers 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant has addressed the notion that he’ll be willing to make less money after next season, speaking to Lakers Nation’s Serena Winters.

With Dwight Howard on his way to Houston, the Lakers only contract on the books for the 2014-15 NBA season is Steve Nash’s. Therefore, some believe Bryant will take a substantial pay cut to remain with the Lakers and add several big name players, in an attempt to capture his sixth championship.

However, the Black Mamba may have different plans, saying, “I’m not taking any at all – that’s the negotiation that you have to have” and that he’s “…going to try to get as much as I possibly can.”

This comes as no surprise, with the 34-year-old aware of how contract negotiations work. Don’t expect Kobe to take the minimum to keep playing, though if he wants another ring, he’ll be accepting less money to do so.

Topics: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

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