Kobe Bryant Signs Two-Year Extension for $48.5 Million
The 35-year-old Kobe Bryant has signed a two-year extension with the Los Angeles Lakers for two more years. The deal is reportedly worth 23.5 million in the first year and 25 million in the second year.
“This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization,” said GM Mitch Kupchak. “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.”
This basically means that Kobe has two more years left of his NBA career before he calls it quits. Despite not playing in a single game this year, the Lakers have all the confidence in the world that Kobe will return as the same type of player that he was last year. Additionally, the Lakers will have enough cap space to sign another max contract on their roster to pair with the aging Bryant; putting them in good position for another NBA Championship.