The extension will keep Bryant in purple and gold through the 2015-16 season and will make him the highest paid player in the league.
Bryant, who is making over $30 million this season was to become a free agent at season end and just months ago, Lakers owner Jim Buss said the team would not re-sign Kobe to an in-season extension. But what Kobe wants, Kobe apparently gets.
Details of Bryant’s contract are currently unknown, though it’s being reported that Bryant’s deal will reportedly pay him between $40 and $50 million dollars combined during the span of the two-year deal:
Kobe will still be NBA’s highest-paid player, according to sources. He’ll total between $40 mill and $50 mill his last 2 seasons.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 25, 2013
Update: Terms of contract released. Bryant will be paid $48 million over two years including $23.5 million in 2014-15 and $25 million in 2015-16.
Bryant tweeted a picture of the freshly minted deal:
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 25, 2013