Kobe Bryant’s contract runs through the 2015-16 season, and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak expects him to retire. But Bryant is still not making his plans beyond his current deal clear, especially if the Lakers add another star.
Los Angeles has been linked to Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo in recent days, leading to more speculation that they might add another star either at the trade deadline or this summer. But Bryant insists that won’t affect his future plans.
Would Kobe extend career if the Lakers add a star? Kobe: “I don’t know. Maybe. It’s really just if I want to play.”
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) December 18, 2014
When Bryant’s contract runs out, he will have played 20 years in the NBA. Nobody has ever played that many years with one team before, and he’ll be 38 by then. The safe bet is that he’ll retire. But you never know with him.