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Lakers GM downplays Kobe Bryant as amnesty option

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10:26 AM ET 04.14 | Mitch Kupchak downplayed the prospects of the Lakers using their one-time "amnesty" provision to waive Bryant in July. "That's not even something that we've discussed," Kupchak said. "That's the furthest thing from our mind right now." The Lakers are allowed to cut one of four players on their roster without paying luxury taxes on his salary. Bryant will make $30.5 million next season. The other three eligible players are Pau Gasol ($19.3 million next season), Metta World Peace ($7.7 million) and Steve Blake ($4 million). Only those four players are eligible to be amnestied because they are the only players still on the roster from July 2011. If the Lakers waived Bryant, they would save up to $80 million in luxury taxes but would still have to pay his salary.

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April 14, 2013  10:27 AM ET

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned, Bro.

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April 14, 2013  10:43 AM ET

Of course they are downplaying it. It's an important decision and why piss off Kobe the face of your team for the past 16 years

April 14, 2013  10:51 AM ET

They would be better off amnestying Jimmy Buss and Mike Dantoni.

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April 14, 2013  11:11 AM ET

It's a no-brainer, if they can save $8M in luxury taxes, esp since Kobe is not even gonna play more than half of next season.

If Kobe wasn't hurt, then this would have been a questionable decision, but now, this si the ONLY sane decision

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April 14, 2013  11:47 AM ET

I've mentioned this yesterday morning and it would be a great gesture for Kobe and at the same time helping the franchise that he loves. When he comes back for 2014-2015 season, the team will be more prepared to contend with younger players and will allow the Lakers to continue its dynasty ways. Once again this is not hating but the fanatics will always think it is.

April 14, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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They would be better off amnestying Jimmy Buss and Mike Dantoni.

I'm sure a lot of Laker fans would agree with you on that. As a non Laker fan I would love to see the team implode and struggle for the next few decades.

But Kobe isn't going anywhere. I see him in Laker gold until he does retire. But I thought that the only uniform that Michael Jordan would ever wear was that of a Chicago Bull. So who knows.

April 14, 2013  11:59 AM ET

I guess Mark Cuban may be right about Kobe after all.

April 14, 2013  12:00 PM ET

How will the Lakers do today? Will they be lost because their leader and coach is out or will they take on the challenge of actually getting the ball and hoisting shots? This will be like a new season for the Lakers. Something that they're not use to. Time to step up. If Dwight don't step up then the fans will hang his head to dry like always...

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April 14, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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I guess Mark Cuban may be right about Kobe after all.

Amnesty that! lol

April 14, 2013  12:04 PM ET

Gary Vidi said the injury is not due to fatigue and playing Kobe 46 minutes a game....smh

 
April 14, 2013  12:06 PM ET
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A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned, Bro.

$80 million worth of pennies

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