If you ask Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant’s 20th season with the Lakers will indeed be his last.
At least that’s what Bryant has indicated to him.
Kupchak went on airwaves–both SiriusXM NBA Radio and The Herd with Colin Cowherd–on Thursday and talked about the Lakers future, and it’s a future that won’t include Bryant beyond this year.
“He has indicated to me that this is it,” Kupchak said on SiriusXM NBA Radio regarding Bryant’s future with the Lakers.
“I think first and foremost, he’s on the last year of a deal,” Kupchak said. “There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don’t think there will be.”
Bryant will be the highest paid player in the league next season at 37 years old. He’ll make $25 million in his final year of his deal. Playing with a team besides the Lakers isn’t out of the question.
Bryant’s contract, specifically at his age, has been the center of plenty of debate regarding the Lakers ability to build a team. With Julius Randle, the coming No. 2 pick in the draft and even point guard Jordan Clarkson, the Lakers may not be as far away as originally feared, depending on how they spend their money this offseason and how Bryant performs.
Bryant is a 17-time All-Star, five-time NBA champion and the Lakers all-time leading scorer, among plenty of other accolades.