Kobe Bryant Won't Take a Pay Cut Next Summer to Help the Lakers Rebuild

Kobe Bryant Won't Take a Pay Cut Next Summer to Help the Lakers RebuildGary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports

Kobe Bryant loves playing for the Lakers. But he loves getting paid a lot of money to do it, too. So if Los Angeles asks him to take a pay cut next summer in order to help the team rebuild on the fly, he already knows what he'll say. He was asked about his contract situation at the Kobe Basketball Academy yesterday and revealed that he will not accept anything less than what he feels he deserves when he renegotiates with the Lakers after his current contract is up.

"I'm not taking any [pay cut] at all—that's the negotiation that you have to have," he said. "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 and get as much as I possibly can."

Of course, that's not entirely surprising. While some NBA superstars like Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett have agreed to take pay cuts in order to make their teams better, not all NBA superstars are comfortable doing it. And can you blame them? If you had the chance, you probably wouldn't leave millions of dollars on the table, either. So it'll be interesting to see what sort of agreement Kobe and the Lakers come to next summer.

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[via Lakers Nation]

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