Lakers News: Kobe’s Extension Among Grantland’s Worst Contracts In NBA
[new_royalslider id=”170″]

Every season, Bill Simmons of ESPN writes his annual “Worst NBA Contracts” for his website Grantland. This year, Bill decided to list his “Top 30 Worst NBA Contracts” and one Laker found himself on the list. Fresh off a two year, $48 million extension, Kobe Bryant was listed as the sixth worst contract in the league.

— Lakers Nation Store Is Back! Check Out The Latest Gear —

According to Bill Simmons, he doesn’t think the Lakers should pay Bryant that significant amount of money if they want to win another championship:

“You can’t pay Kobe $78.95 million through 2016 if you’re trying to win the title. But maybe that’s the point. Maybe the Lakers didn’t care about winning a title.”

While Kobe has only appeared in six games this season, he has helped the franchise to seven Finals appearances and has delivered five NBA Championships. The idea that the Lakers are not trying to win titles is sure to anger some fans. This is still a franchise who has only missed the playoffs three times since moving to Los Angeles and has won at least 30 games every season.

In the middle of a disappointing season, Simmons believes it’s a stopgap move and the Lakers are looking toward the future:

“So with that ridiculously unnecessary Kobe extension, they bought two extra years of … um … relevance? It’s a stopgap move, that’s it. They’re already thinking about 2015 (Kevin Love), 2016 (Durant) and 2017 (Westbrook).”

The Lakers have already been mentioned in rumors connecting them to Kevin Love and have long wanted to add a superstar to play alongside Kobe and then take over once Bryant retired. The Lakers thought they had their future superstar in Dwight Howard, but things went wayward.

While Kobe’s new contract does cut into the team’s salary cap, there is still room for management to offer a max contract to a player like Carmelo Anthony this summer or Kevin Love next summer. While Kobe may never be the player he once was, he is still capable of being an elite scorer and the amount of jersey sales and media attention he brings to the storied Lakers franchise is too much for the team to let go. The Lakers have continued to put faith into Bryant and hope he can deliver another championship in his final two seasons.
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
NBA All-Star 2014: Kobe Bryant On Involvement In Lakers Trade Deadline and Offseason Decisions

You May Also Like

Keyon Dooling Believes Rajon Rondo Is ‘Still In The Prime Of His Career’

After an ugly divorce with the Dallas Mavericks, Rajon Rondo’s immediate future…

Kyle Kuzma Wants To Be Lakers’ ‘Third-Best Player’ Rather Than Option

After a slow start in the Walt Disney World bubble, the Los Angeles Lakers have re-emerged as true championship…

Lakers News: Anthony Davis ‘Engaged’ With Teammates While Out

The Los Angeles Lakers are still adapting to life without Anthony Davis, who will remain on the sidelines for at least…

Lakers News: LeBron James Appreciates What Kobe Bryant Did For Game Of Basketball

When LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers made quick work of the Atlanta Hawks, Kobe Bryant was in attendance…