Los Angeles Lakers Take Huge Risk With Kobe Bryant Contract Extension

By Connor Muldowney
Kobe Bryant
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It’s a huge day for Kobe Bryant. He no longer has to worry about testing the free agent market next offseason as the Los Angeles Lakers have just signed the superstar to a two-year contract extension that will likely keep him in Los Angeles until the end of his career. As one of the most beloved Lakers of all time, no Lakers fans should be upset about this extension — but I’m going to tell you why it’s not a good extension.

I love the idea of keeping Kobe in Los Angeles until the end of his career because that’s exactly what he would want and what the Lakers need. He needs to retire a Laker. However, the amount of money that they are paying him is borderline ridiculous. They reached a two-year deal that’s reportedly worth $48 million with the 35-year-old superstar, but it looks like they may have overpaid him.

He makes $30 million this season and is coming off a torn Achilles’ injury. How can he be the same as this is one of the most devastating injuries to try and come back from, especially when you are closing in on retirement age and you have no real help surrounding you.

If the Lakers don’t add more pieces in the final two seasons of Bryant’s career, they may have made a huge mistake. Using all of that money on someone that may never be the same player he was instead of some valuable free agents in this summer’s market — like LeBron James.

This could be a high risk, high reward for the Lakers.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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