Lakers News: Latest on Kobe Bryant’s Future and Return from Injury

The Los Angeles Lakers started their 2013-14 season with a bang, beating the heavily-favored Los Angeles Clippers in a Staples Center rivalry matchup. While the win was important, the campaign is long and there are many places where this undermanned squad can stumble.

Until Kobe Bryant returns, the Lakers are going to constantly be at a disadvantage in terms of producing points and will not always be able to count on their bench to shoulder the scoring load, as it did with 76 against the Clips on Tuesday.

Let’s take a look at the latest news concerning the Black Mamba, his future with the organization and the status of his Achilles rehabilitation.

Kobe Is Not Worried About Impending Free Agency

Bryant is in the last year of his contract and making over $30 million for the upcoming season. However, he’s due to hit unrestricted free agency in the offseason and has no guarantees as to what will happen then.

In his a recent interview with Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Mamba did not sound too concerned about what happens down the line and instead seems focused on getting back on the hardwood.

When asked about Lakers VP Jim Buss’ statements on how he would not allow the 35-year-old superstar to go elsewhere, Bryant had this to say:

I thought it was a great actually on his part to kind of silence some of the conversation that was brewing. I'm sure we will be in conversation. I'll let [my agent] Rob [Pelinka] handle that. Obviously, I have a lot to focus on right now so I will let them handle that.

When pressed by Spears about the specifics of free agency, Bryant wasn’t giving anything away: “Am I a free agent right now? No. Next summer is next summer. How do I know what is going to happen? Jim Buss just said they're going to start conversations now. We will start the conversations and go from there."


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