Lakers general manager says Kobe Bryant told him next season will be Kobe’s last with Lakers

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Kobe Bryant said in March he could see himself playing beyond next season.

But that’s apparently no longer the case – with the Lakers, at least.

Baxter Holmes of ESPN:

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said star guard Kobe Bryant has told him that the upcoming 2015-16 season will be Bryant’s last with the Lakers.

“He has indicated to me that this is it,” Kupchak said Thursday in a radio appearance with SiriusXM NBA Radio.

For Kobe to return at all from his shoulder injury would be pretty incredible, and he’s working hard to do so. How much longer can he keep pushing?

It already seemed the Lakers were preparing for Kobe to wrap up his time with the team, which is only logical. He turns 37 this summer, and he’s entering the final season of his contract.

Kobe, of course, could always change his mind about re-signing – or play for another team in 2016-17. This is unofficial and secondhand.

But Kupchak is a pretty reliable source here. It sure seems Kobe is entering his final season with the Lakers and probably his final season in the NBA.