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Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Position: G
Born: 08/23/78
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $25,000,000
So if the Lakers want to sign both Jordan and Aldridge, they need to do one of the following: 1. Get rid of Kobe. They can’t trade him unless he agrees, because of his no-trade clause. They could waive him and stretch his salary, however. The cap hit for this season would reduce to about $8.3 million, clearing about $16.2 million off their cap. This would give them enough cap room to sign both Aldridge and Jordan, and they’d even be able to hang onto Black, Brown, Kelly, Sacre and Young, and still have about $2 million to spare.

Kobe still undecided about when he'll retire

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It remains unclear if Bryant — who will be 37 when next season begins — will want to play beyond 2015-16. That will mark the final year of his current contract with the Lakers, during which he’ll be paid a league-high $25 million. Kupchak has said Bryant has indicated to him that next season will be his last with the team. Bryant said he has yet to make a decision. “It might be,” Bryant said. “You gotta retire sometime. I’m not Benjamin Button, man.”
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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he has talked with first-round draft pick Larry Nance Jr. about a tweet Nance posted in 2012 that referred to a sexual-assault case involving Bryant. Speaking at the BET Experience held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night during a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Jemele Hill, Bryant said “there’s no need” for any further discussion about the matter.
“The kid figured it out himself,” Bryant said. “He’s a kid, man. He actually sent me a great message [Friday], which is really funny. I looked at it [the message], and it was like, ‘This is when you know it’s about time to hang these things up, when your teammate writes you, Hi, Mr. Bryant.’ “I was like, ‘What the f—?’ But it was really nice and apologetic about what had happened. I said, ‘Dude, listen. We’ve all said things and done things that we regret and wish we could take back. It’s water under the bridge, man. Welcome to the team.’ He writes back, ‘Thank you, sir.'”
Most Lakers media members were not immediately aware of his tweet, and Nance Jr. was not asked about it. But the tweet then became viral and the Lakers soon caught wind of it. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said he and team spokesman John Black addressed Nance Jr. about his tweet, which has since been deleted. “I’m not in a position to really share information,” Kupchak said after the NBA Draft on Thursday. “But it is something that they will have to discuss amongst the two of them. It’s my understanding that it’s something that happened a few years ago. And in today’s world, things don’t go away, which doesn’t make it any less offensive.”
Larry Nance Jr. was selected by the Lakers 27th overall on Thursday night, and the former Wyoming star was quickly called out for a tweet he sent out in May of 2012: “Gee I sure hope Kobe can keep his hands to himself in Denver this time… #rapist” Bryant was arrested on charges of sexual assault related to an incident in Eagle, Colorado in 2003. The case was dropped when Bryant’s accuser refused to testify in court. Once people started to share the tweet, Nance quickly deleted it. There will still be some awkwardness the first time they meet, though, we imagine.
“I’ve spoken to Larry Nance Jr., and I’m not in a position to really share information, but it is something that (Nance and Bryant) will have to discuss amongst the two of them,” Kupchak said. “My understanding, it’s something that happened years ago, and in today’s world, things don’t go away, which doesn’t make it any less offensive because it was said three or four years ago.”