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Kobe Bryant suggests he'll play beyond next season

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09:42 AM ET 06.09 | On Friday, Kobe Bryant suggested he might play beyond his current contract with the Lakers. Bryant, whose deal expires after this season, spoke to Stephen A. Smith on ESPN Radio about the possibility of San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan tying the Lakers guard with five NBA titles. "My goal is to win more than five," said Bryant. "If he does win five, hopefully that pushes our organization upstairs to be even more determined and more driven to make the necessary expenses to make sure we continue the next year and the year after that." Bryant has been hinting at retirement for some time now, perhaps as early as after next season. The Lakers are hoping to lure a top-flight free agent in the summer of 2014. To have the cap space necessary do so, the Lakers won't be able to pay Bryant anything close to the $30.5 million he would be due if he does decide to return for another year. Then again, if the Lakers are unable to land a player like LeBron James, who might not even opt out of his contract, they could delay their cap plans until 2015, when players like Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo and possibly James could hit the market. If that's the case, perhaps Bryant has another payday coming from the Lakers, even if it's for one final season.

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Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant, Joe Scarnici/Getty Images Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant, Joe Scarnici/Getty Images
June 9, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Time Waits For No One, Bro.

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June 9, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Next season, he'll retire once he sees he's no longer the same player he once was. Kobe's ego won't allow him to tarnish his legacy by putting up 15-17ppg.

June 9, 2013  09:52 AM ET

As long as he plays with the Lakers we don't ever have to worry about them getting to the playoffs or if they do make it out of the 1st round.

And we sure don't ever have to worry about Lebron playing with him, Lebron only like teammates that give an effort playing defense.

June 9, 2013  09:53 AM ET

That would be great. If he takes a whole hell of a lot less money and helps get a starting lineup in place then secures a powerful second squad where he would be the General...

There's glory in a ring without being a starter!

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June 9, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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Lmao......Only the BLIND Homers believed otherwise.

Most SANE Laker fans knew this was a probability.

You're so sexy when you express your hate for Kobe and the Lakers...


Damn, you're always sexy!!!

June 9, 2013  10:00 AM ET

No surprise here. I have been saying he probably will play one additional season beyond his last under contract.

June 9, 2013  10:03 AM ET

If guys like Boozer,Stat,Joe Johnson got overpaid, especially Asik & DeAndre Jordan, you know Kobe can get another good payday.
After all even at this stage in Bryant's career he is still better than every single 1 of those guys.

June 9, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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If guys like Boozer,Stat,Joe Johnson got overpaid, especially Asik & DeAndre Jordan, you know Kobe can get another good payday.After all even at this stage in Bryant's career he is still better than every single 1 of those guys.

The Heat winning tonight? I think they'll come out swinging after that loss...

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June 9, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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Yes, you have.

Good morning darling.

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June 9, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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The Heat winning tonight? I think they'll come out swinging after that loss...

as long as Bron isn't cat walking around , Wade dominates all game & Bosh gets 17 & 10....
In short the big 3 must show up.
Wade & Bron must get 20+ each!
Chalmers needs to be super Mario also...

June 9, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Yes, you have.

hey Mecca! yes congrats to Ms. Williams on another tennis title!

June 9, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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He will have to do what Garnett and Duncan did.Take a pay cut for the betterment of the team.One of the 2 guys that's breathing down his neck is gonna get another ring this summer. So, I think he'll swallow his ego for the sake of his legacy.

10 mil per?

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