Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is saying that their star Kobe Bryant has told him that the 2015-16 season will be his last with the Lakers.
“He has indicated to me that this is it,” Kupchak said Thursday (May 21) on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
Next year, Kobe will make a league-high $25 million in the last season of his contract. There’s been speculation that the NBA star could play beyond next season, but there’s no talk about it currently, says Mitch.
“I think first and foremost, he’s on the last year of a deal,” Kupchak said. “There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don’t think there will be.”
Next season, Bryant will be 37 years old, and with his past three seasons ending early because of injury, it’s unlikely that he’ll continue.
“A year from now, if there’s something different to discuss, then it will be discussed then,” Kupchak said. “I talk to him from time to time … and he is recovering. He’s running. He’s getting movement and strength in the shoulder. We expect a full recovery, but yeah, he’s much closer to the end than to the beginning.”