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.