Mitch Kupchak: Indications Are Kobe Bryant Will Retire In 2016

Kobe Bryant closes his eyes during the National Anthem before a game vs the Heat

Heading into the 2014-15 NBA season, there were question marks about Kobe Bryant after two consecutive season-ending injuries. While the 36-year-old isn’t as efficient as he has been in the past, the five-time champion is averaging 25.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists through the first 21 games of the season.

— Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION “Try Me” T-Shirts? —

In an extended feature on the Lakers by David Aldridge of NBA.com, general manager Mitch Kupchak believes that Kobe will retire in 2016 when his two-year contract ends:

“All indications are, to me, from him, that this (two-year contract) is going to be it,” Kupchak said. “If somebody’s thinking of buying a ticket three years from now to see Kobe play, I would not do that. Don’t wait. Do it this year.”

While the Lakers have struggled this season and are experimenting with a new lineup change, Kobe is posting numbers that haven’t been accomplished this late in an NBA career despite the poor shooting percentages. As a result, the discussion has been about whether Kobe will play beyond his current two-year, $48.5 million contract.

Kobe was recently asked about playing beyond his current contract and did not give a definite answer following the loss to the Washington Wizards. Although the Lakers are struggling this season, the franchise will have approximately $30 million in cap space to pursue free agents once again this off-season and may potentially have a top-five pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

[divide]

Lakers Vs. Pelicans: Team Reacts To Starting Lineup Changes


Please enable Javascript to watch this video

You May Also Like

Shaquille O’Neal Compares Playing With Penny Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, And LeBron James

Shaquille O’Neal had the privilege of playing with a number of all-time greats during his own Hall of Fame 20-year NBA…

Lakers News: Media Still Has Giannis Antetokounmpo Ahead Of LeBron James For 2019-20 NBA MVP

Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended, one of the biggest developing stories was that of the Most Valuable Player…

Paul Pierce Details Growing Up Lakers Fan, But Being Selected By Celtics In 1998 NBA Draft

For most Los Angeles Lakers fans, Paul Pierce’s name brings a certain disdain and dislike as he was a villain who had no…

Lakers News: Rudy Gay Amazed By LeBron James’ Longevity In 17th NBA Season

Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, there were questions as to how LeBron James would perform in his 17th season with…