25 Facts About Pro Athlete Salaries That'll Turn You Into a Hater

Kobe Bryant will earn $30,453,805 next season.

There's a chance that Kobe Bryant won't touch the hardwood for the Lakers next season. He's targeting an Opening Night return from his torn achillies, but that may be wishful thinking on his part. Even if he does end up returning, there's a strong possibility that given his advanced age, and the severity of the injury, that he'll never regain his classic Black Mamba form. Regardless, the Lakers are on the hook for $30,453,805 in 2013-14. Dedicating over half of the $58.5 million salary cap to a player who might not play at all next season just doesn't seem like a smart basketball decision. Could the Lakers amnesty the Kobe Bean Bryant?

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