Lakers Rumors: Latest Rumblings on Kobe Bryant and More

Congratulations, Kobe Bryant, for passing Michael Jordan for third place on the all-time scoring list. Now tell us how much longer you are going to play.

There are plenty of rumors circulating around the Los Angeles Lakers, not the least of which regard Bryant’s future. He is under contract until the end of the 2015-16 season and could very well choose to retire when it runs out. 

With that in mind, here is a look at the latest rumors surrounding the Lakers, including those around Bryant.


Kobe Bryant’s Future

Mark Medina of the LA Daily News passed along an update on Bryant’s future: 

“Bryant remained noncommittal last week. But he’s remained adamant as of this past summer that he would not play beyond his current contract, according to a source familiar with Bryant’s thinking.”

Bryant passed Jordan Sunday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list and doesn’t have anything else to prove from an individual standpoint. He is a lock for the Hall of Fame with five championships to go along with those statistical accolades and is one of the best players to ever lace it up.

General manager Mitch Kupchak discussed Bryant’s future, via Medina: “If you’re looking to buy tickets three years from now, I would buy tickets now. Other than what he’s indicated to me and everybody else, he’s not looking beyond this year or next year.”

As mentioned, Bryant’s $48.5 million contract runs out after next season.

He can certainly still play though, and was third in the NBA in scoring at 25.4 points per game entering Sunday. However, he was only shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 27.5 percent from behind the three-point line. It has been a mixed bag with Bryant this season in term...

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