Monday, November 25, 2013

NBA: Experts weigh in on Kobe's Extension

Tweet from Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh)
Amare Stoudemire will make $23.4 million in 2014-15. Joe Johnson will make $24.9 million in 2015-16. Kobe will top both.

In lieu of chasing title (which may not have been possible), Lakers opt for the most glorious and expensive farewell tour in NBA history.
Stunned by Kobe's extension. Duncan + KG took less than 50% as much $ at same point in careers so their teams had more cap space to contend.

Heck, that would be a staggering commitment to make even if the Lakers knew that Bryant is sure to be fully healthy and 100 percent of the player he was before going down last year, because using about 37 percent of your salary-cap space (based on a projected 2014-15 cap line of $62.9 million) on a player who mitigates his prodigious offense with dangerous defense makes it incredibly difficult to field a true title-contending team. As it stands, the Lakers will now be paying Bryant, Steve Nash and Nick Young just over $34.4 million next year — add in cap holds to fill out the remainder of the roster, and L.A.'s available cap space this summer dips down to between $22.2 million and $28.5 million, according to salary cap wizard Larry c00n, depending on whether the Lakers decide to keep Nash around for the final year of his deal. (For his part, the injured point guard has said he does not plan to retire at the end of this season, and that he has every intention of coming back for the final year of the contract he signed in the summer of 2012.)


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