Superstar guard looks set to play out his entire career with one team.
While their prospects have been rated as average to poor this upcoming NBA season, Los Angeles Lakers fans have been given a boost with news Kobe Bryant looks set to offered a deal deal to stay with the club.
Despite coming off the worst injury of his glittering career, Bryant has expressed his desire to become a one club player.
Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss said his star guard will not become a free agent after July 1 next year.
“I want to put an end to any speculation that we would allow Kobe to become a free agent,” Buss said.
“That’s not going to happen. Kobe is a top priority for us. He’s a Laker legend and always will be. I don’t think we’re done winning championships with him yet.
“(Lakers general manager) Mitch Kupchak and (Bryant’s agent) Rob Pelinka have been talking, but with him being hurt, it has slowed the process some. I don’t know when it’ll get done, but I have faith in Rob and Mitch to work things out.”
Bryant, 35, is in the final year of a current deal that will pay him $30.5 million this season, the highest salary in the NBA.