Should the Lakers amnesty Kobe Bryant now?
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.