The Los Angeles Lakers experienced their worst season in franchise history as they finished with a 21-61 record.
Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s hopes for a comeback season were cut short as he only played 35 games and suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.
The 37-year-old will be entering his 20th season in the NBA next season, and it appears likely that it will be the final season of his career before he retires.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has confirmed that the upcoming season will be Bryant’s last one with the Lakers, as his contract is set to expire.
“I think first and foremost, he’s on the last year of a deal. There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don’t think there will be,” Kupchak said to SiriusXM NBA Radio.
He will be making $25 million due to signing a two-year, $48 million contract extension in 2013.
This has turned out to be a detrimental move for the Lakers, as Bryant as suffered a season-ending injury in each of the past three seasons while hardly playing at all in the 2013-14 season.
The Lakers possess the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft though, so they are expected to improve their roster with another elite prospect after landing Julius Randle in the 2014 draft.