Kobe Bryant marched into Jim Buss’ office on Monday morning and demanded a contract extension worth nearly $50 million, right? Uh, not really…
According to Bryant himself, the Lakers approached him with an offer which would allow them to build a “great team” and Kobe simply accepted.
Here’s what Kobe told Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports:
[pullquote]Between his signature on a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension and a cross-country flight to the East Coast on Monday, Kobe Bryant was left befuddled and bemused by those who declared him greedy and uncaring about chasing championships.
“This was easy,” Bryant told Yahoo Sports on Monday night. “This wasn’t a negotiation. The Lakers made their offer with cap and building a great team in mind while still taking care of me as a player.
“I simply agreed to the offer.”[/pullquote]
If this was the case, there were no crazy demands by Bryant – instead, a respectable offer was presented by the franchise to the man who has carried them for so long.
This also shows that the Lakers have a clear plan in mind by offering Kobe a specific amount.
The Lakers can have up to a maximum of $28 million in cap room next summer, according to Larry Coon, and if they wish, could easy carry over that amount of space – or even more – into the summer of 2015.