Apr 12, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) talks to a medical staff member against the Golden State Warriors during the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Mitch Kupchak: “Kobe intends to retire a Laker.”


Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak met with the media today, and he discussed all things Lakers. He talked about Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and more. We told you yesterday that Kobe and the Lakers hadn’t started contract extension talks, and Kupchak addressed that today:

It makes sense to wait if you’re both sides, but expect Kobe to stay in Purple and Gold for the rest of his career. The real question is how much of a pay cut he’s willing to take. The Lakers will have to renounce his rights to eliminate his 30 million dollar cap hold, then re-sign him for cheaper.

As for Shaq owning the Kings, Kupchak had a different take:

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