Lakers should not amnesty Kobe Bryant

Should the Lakers amnesty Kobe Bryant now?

4/17/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

April 12, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) tries to walk off an injury to his right ankle in the first half of the game at the Staples Center. Lakers won 118-116. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsMark Cuban suggested it a couple months ago, but now that Kobe Bryant's Achilles injury will keep him off the court for an extended period of time, more people are opening up the discussion about using the amnesty clause on Kobe Bryant.

While it sounds like a great idea to get Kobe's $30M per year salary off the books, it actually wouldn't help the Lakers as much as you might think.

The Lakers are already over the salary cap and also the luxury tax threshold. So while it would save them a few dollars in both payroll and luxury tax payments, it wouldn't actually allow them to make many improvements (if at all) on the court.

With Kobe falling under the Larry Bird clause, the Lakers can pay him an awful lot of money, even if it puts them over the cap. That's exactly what they're doing. If they were to release him, it would really only free up a few million dollars, and they wouldn't be able to bring in a quality player with that money.

For the record, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has already been asked about the idea, and he gave quite possibly the best answer ever: "I’m going to refer all Laker amnesty questions to Mark Cuban."

He also says that Kobe's injury wasn't caused by his increased minutes. That's another debate for another time.
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4/17/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

now or ever? that is the question.