Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the best guards in NBA history. He is also beginning the downfall of his career. After the Lakers were knocked out of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night, the team will have to make some hard decisions. Could one of them be using their amnesty clause on Kobe Bryant?
I’m going to throw this out there right away. I think the chance that this actually happens is between zero and one percent. It’s not impossible but it is very improbable. The Lakers would risk a riot if they cut Kobe Bryant. He is basically intertwined into Lakers history.
That being said, let us look at why it would be worth looking into. Kobe Bryant is a paid a lot. I mean, A LOT. Kobe will be making almost 28 million dollars in 2012-2013 and over 30 million in 2013-2014. That is a lot of cash flow. In fact, that is over half of the team’s salary cap.
The Lakers have Andrew Bynum’s impending free agency to deal with. You can not just let him walk away. The Lakers will do everything they can in their power to keep him. But if they re-sign him, their cap is basically DOA. The Lakers will have Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and him with massive contracts.
Everyone talks about trading Gasol and Bynum and retooling around Kobe Bryant. Wouldn’t it make more sense to trade Gasol, get Kobe’s contract off the books, and rebuild around a young center? Kobe would be nearly impossible to trade, since no one one can take on that money. It would be absurd.
Like I said, getting rid of Kobe Bryant would be career suicide for the Lakers brass. Then again, it is not so far fetched. He won’t be around forever. Why not rebuild around some younger pieces and oodles of cap space?