Lakers have offered Bryant the maximum extension

The Lakers have officially offered Kobe the max. extension:

91022348EG004_LAKERS_MEDIAL.A. Times: Lakers have offered their star a maximum extension through 2013-14, but Bryant, who is signed until July 2011, appears in no hurry to re-up and may be waiting to see how collective bargaining plays out.

Kobe Bryant has not signed a contract extension. In fact, it might not happen at all this season.

The Lakers guard is under contract until July 2011, but he seems to be in no hurry to extend his deal.

The Lakers have offered Bryant the maximum money he could earn.

On top of the total of $47.8 million he is scheduled to make this season and next, he can sign a three-year extension worth $86 million to $91 million more, depending on NBA salary-cap figures to be determined in 2011.

Such a move would keep him with the Lakers through the 2013-14 sea- son.

But Bryant, 31, was tight-lipped when asked about the absence of an extension.

“I’m not going to talk about it,” he said. “I’m not going to let it be a distraction. I’m going to keep my business behind closed doors. If the organization wants to talk about it, they can talk about it.”

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  • KBrunsNBA

    hes not goin no where, lets just concentrate on the season at this time.

  • http://www.michaelserna23.com Michael_23

    Kobe, think of the other players in your team that has made very noble sacrifices (pay cuts) to stay with this team like LO and Ron Ron. Leave some cap space for other players to resign like Pau Gasol in the future.

    • MISSY

      Kobe didn’t make the offer to himself. Don’t direct YOUR COMMENT to him, direct it to management.

  • http://57.amklac kobe,bi-curious?

    We all know the kobe has always put the team first.

  • sammie

    A 3 year extension worth $86 million to $91 million more? wow! now that is some good serious money in just three more years. This is what happens when you try to bust your butt off every second, minute, hour, day, week, month, and year for your team to keep on being the best you can try to be in your career. Kobe Bryant deserves it big time.

  • gugy

    boy, that’s a lot of money to play ball. I know Kobe it is the best and works hard for that, but keeping a real perspective, he still a ball player. Crazy world we live in.

  • Salty

    Kobe deserves every penny that Buss pays him. He’s the face of the franchise, the massive media draw, and THE reason why the Lakers sell out every home and road game. The Lakers wouldn’t be the mega cash cow franchise they are without Kobe.

  • RealityChecks

    Buss is being very generous. Kobe couldn’t get max money if he left the lakers and probably wouldn’t win another ring. Kobe should be very thankful to Buss.

    “Kobe has always kept the team first”…Please…. You fail to remember a couple of summers ago. Kobe is first the team is second. That is the reality.

  • lakerbunny

    HE SHOULD TAKE THE MONEY NOW! THE ECONOMY COULD BE GETTING WORSE! THE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IS ABOUT TO FOLD LIKE THE HOUSING DID, AND IF THEY TAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY WILL NEED FOR THIS HALFBREED HEALTHCARE CRAP THEN THE ECONOMY WON’T GET BETTER! THE JOB MARKET IS EXPECTED TO STAY ABOUT THE SAME FOR AT LEAST 3 YEARS!!!!! HE CAN ALWAYS GET MORE LATER!

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  • drive-for-16th

    daamn he already so rich. wonder wat u can do with that much money.