Lakers Rumors: Buzz from Los Angeles on Kobe Bryant and More

The offseason cannot get here fast enough for the Los Angeles Lakers.

After all, they are one of the worst teams in the NBA recordwise, lost their lottery pick Julius Randle to a season-ending injury in the first game of the season and recently saw the legendary Kobe Bryant go down for the season with injury as well.

Fortunately for Lakers fans, the offseason presents an opportunity to improve the team for next year. With that opportunity comes rumors about potential moves and free agency. 

Here is a look at the latest whispers from Los Angeles.


Kobe Bryant 

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times provided an update on Bryant’s future plans:

Bryant will miss the rest of the season after shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff, but it’s not as if the Lakers were heading for the playoffs with him on the floor anyway. Bryant discussed the notion that he will decide for himself what his intentions are for next season as opposed to listening to others, via "I don't really listen much to what people have to say, to be honest with you.”

Bryant will be 37 this offseason and is the NBA’s highest-paid player.

While he is no longer the explosive game-changer he was in his prime, he was still putting up solid numbers in the first half of the 2014-15 campaign before the injury. In fact, Bryant was posting 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game on the season and even scored 44 points against the Golden State Warriors in November.

If the Lakers were to add a couple of productive pieces in the offseason, Bryant could certainly still be part of a winning formula in Los Angeles.


Offseason Plan

Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report passed along the latest on the offseason blueprint for the Lakers:

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