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Would Kobe accept minimum to build a superteam?

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07:09 AM ET 07.24 | Just how creative will the Lakers become over the final years of Kobe Bryant's career? There are three veins of financial thought for Bryant, who turns 35 next month. If he insists on the maximum $32 million for the 2014-15 season, it's a nonstarter. ... But if Bryant asks for a more reasonable $10 million to $12 million for 2014-15 and Nash is waived via the stretch provision, there's enough room to sign two big-name players. Then there's the dynasty-creating way Bryant could turn the Lakers around overnight. All it takes is a 95% pay cut. He could accept the veteran's minimum of $1.45 million for 2014-15, allowing the Lakers to sign two big-name guys next summer and set themselves up for another coup in the summer of 2015 with spending power to add another big-ticket player.

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July 24, 2013  07:33 AM ET

He's too selfish to take a pay cut.

July 24, 2013  07:43 AM ET

LOL....he already said he wouldn't take a pay cut and that he was going to get all that he can....bc obviously winning is priority #1 for him....

July 24, 2013  07:53 AM ET

For all the Lakers have done for him, the least he can do is play for free or simply leave to join another team if money's that important. It's no lie the Lakers organization will be better off if they cut him off completely by letting him walk.... but I guess someone in the Buss family put a price tag a broken heart.

July 24, 2013  07:59 AM ET

NBA is a business for the owners, they don't care about loyalty or stuff like that, just look at Paul Pierce, Patrick Ewing, etc, they do whatever it takes to make the max profit. So why should the players take pay cuts to help the teams win. A job is a job. It is not players' fault of not taking pay cuts.

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July 24, 2013  08:13 AM ET
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no-he will not play for a vet minimum

With his cocky attitude he's not even worth a quarter or dime...

July 24, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Do I have to post the Kobe interview AGAIN???


"I???m not taking any at all. That???s the negotiation that you have to have.??? Bryant told Lakers Nation on Wednesday. "For me to sit here and say, ???Oh yeah, I"m just going to take a huge pay cut. Nah, I???m going to try to get as much as I possibly can.???

July 24, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Building a superteam is one thing (pay cut or not).

Playing well with a superteam over a season and playoffs is a different story.

July 24, 2013  08:31 AM ET

He didn't get amnestied for a reason. He wants to get paid max and it came right out of his mouth. Lakers could have started w/ their transition this year by amnestying Kobe and using Dwight as their starter kit for a super team. Next year it would have been only Dwight and Nash in the books. Kobe could have come back next year when they have so much cap room and another superstar could be added. Maybe Melo or George. They would have Dwight, Kobe, and Melo or George. Tha would have been a great team.

July 24, 2013  08:34 AM ET

they should have made that offer to him before cutting mwp. If he refused, amensty him or ship him to the bobcats. The lakers make alot of money off him, but teams seem to forget that players need that limelight just as much. Kobe on the bobcats is still a star, but not the headline-grabbing one he is on the lakers.

I don't get what the heck the buss's are doing. They were willing to ship Shaq out because he was winding down, and they wanted to build around the younger kobe. Ok, thats understandable. But not kobe is winding down, time to ship him out and get something for him, even if its massive cap relief.. but baby buss has a man crush on bryant for some reason..

July 24, 2013  08:37 AM ET
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they should have made that offer to him before cutting mwp. If he refused, amensty him or ship him to the bobcats. The lakers make alot of money off him, but teams seem to forget that players need that limelight just as much. Kobe on the bobcats is still a star, but not the headline-grabbing one he is on the lakers.I don't get what the heck the buss's are doing. They were willing to ship Shaq out because he was winding down, and they wanted to build around the younger kobe. Ok, thats understandable. But not kobe is winding down, time to ship him out and get something for him, even if its massive cap relief.. but baby buss has a man crush on bryant for some reason..

Father Buss dying wish was to keep Kobe a Laker for life... so there you have it.

July 24, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Why in the world would he do such a thing? Ok I see taking a pay cut but really the vets min.

July 24, 2013  08:49 AM ET

$1.45 million? Kobe won't even give that to his parents.

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July 24, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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Dead men tell no tales. Kobe will only remain a Laker if the GM decides his salary is commensurate with his declining skills. If he thinks he's worth 30 million a year, the Lakers will say goodbye.

I don't think so. The guy is in charge. He has got them by the ?????

July 24, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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...I???m going to try to get as much as I possibly can.???...

The key word there is try...

How many of you that work for a living don't try to make as much as possible. Love him or hate him, he's no different in that regard. I willing to bet that no one on here would accept a pay cut proposal as good thing for your employer. Even if it was.

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July 24, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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$1.45 million? Kobe won't even give that to his parents.

There's no way he will take 1.45 that's never going to happen

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