Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year (Kidding, duh pg. 3)

Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year (Kidding, duh pg. 3)

Postby unpossibl1 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:07 pm

Kobe NOT planning on taking a pay cut...at all. Yikes.

Dwight Howard’s departure left Lakers fans wondering what the future of the Lakers would entail. With the Lakers signing one-year veteran minimum deals this offseason, it’s accurate to say that the Lakers are preparing for rebuilding mode in 2014. There’s one big problem. Would Kobe Bryant be willing to take a huge pay cut, possibly a one-year minimum salary worth $1.45 million, the ultimate financial sacrifice, to give the Lakers the best chance to rebuild?

Not so fast. Kobe bleeds purple and gold, but he’s also a very smart businessman.

“I’m not taking any at all – that’s the negotiation that you have to have.” Kobe Bryant told Lakers Nation in an exclusive interview at his Kobe Basketball Academy on Wednesday. “For me to sit here and say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m just going to take a huge pay cut. Nah, I’m going to try to get as much as I possibly can.”

If you were hoping Kobe would think about taking a minimum salary in 2014, think again. Both Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are examples of veterans who sacrificed more than half their salaries for their teams, but Kobe is a different breed – a financially savvy individual. Bryant also said the business side is always “strange” and “uncomfortable” for athletes, who find themselves in situations where they will get “backlashed, inevitably.”

Bryant though, isn’t afraid of the backlash, and he never has been. Both on and off the court, where others find themselves uncomfortable, Kobe thrives.

At the moment, Steve Nash is the only player on the books for the 2014-2015 season of rebuilding. A maximum salary for Bryant ($32 million) would not leave the Lakers with the necessary financial tools to truly rebuild, especially with potential free agents like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony available in one year’s time.

Don’t count out the idea of Kobe taking a pay cut, just don’t expect it to be as big as you were hoping.


http://www.lakersnation.com/lakers-news-kobe-bryant-not-planning-to-take-a-pay-cut-in-2014/2013/07/10/
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby Savory Griddles on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:09 pm

Well, then you can go to another team, Kobe. I'm a Laker fan first. If Kobe wants 32 million...have fun in Charlotte.
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Postby Kobe8Fan on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:10 pm

10 mil, Kobe.
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Postby LTLakerFan on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:11 pm

Waits for Roos with the I told you so..... if this is true and not a smokescreen. :man10:
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Postby The Laker Link on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:12 pm

Makes sense. Kobe won't drop down to 1 million a year. I doubt he'd ask for huge money, I bet he signs for 8 million instead.
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby TaniBoyz on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:12 pm

contract negotiation tactic
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Postby LTLakerFan on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:14 pm

Maybe a smokescreen for other stars coming due on contracts to go ahead and "get theirs" too, hamstringing their teams, and then Kobe sandbags them so we can bring in a hell of a reload? I hope I hope I hope I hope.
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Postby therealdeal on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:14 pm

TaniBoyz wrote:contract negotiation tactic
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Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:15 pm

He said as much. It's a negotiating tactic: never start at the bottom.
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Postby last stand on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:15 pm

I doubt he really holds onto that stance, but if he does he's gonna get kicked to the curb
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Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:16 pm

He has to take a paycut, per the new CBA. No one gets paid 30 million anymore.
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby LakerFanIam on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:22 pm

If Kobe is making over $18mil in 2014 I would be shocked... I would also be shocked if he resigned with the Lakers for less than $10mil....

Truthfully, it depends on what type of season he has this year.
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Postby Center Court on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:47 pm

Europe will pay him $45MM per season.
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby Big Mamma Jamma on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:53 pm

TaniBoyz wrote:contract negotiation tactic


That's sums it up. He's going to get as much as he can and doesn't want to give away bargaining position by stating that he'll take the minimum.
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby OX1947 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:00 pm

2 year, 30 mil. 15 mil per. Thats the deal he will be given.
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Postby kblo247 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:00 pm

To be fair people have went to the extreme of saying take the minimum now in articles. It will take care of itself. As far as taking 10 like Tim, he likely won't as eh knows he has always drew more. It is a wait and see, and his agent would say he's stupid to tell the media I will take a paycut, you don't do that

Are people ignoring they just published an article saying he should go from 30mil to 2mil to help the lakers?

I would tell you to **** off at a 90% pay decrease as my boss, most of would say **** the notion as that's what Lkernation was trumping up lately.
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby Snake Eyes on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:10 pm

We are a whole year away from this situation. A lot can change in that time. We'll see.

But if Kobe doesn't want to take a paycut he can chase a ring elsewhere.
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:11 pm

Well the title is WRONG cause Kobe will NOT get 30 Million next year and thus WILL take a paycut. How much is the question. I don't Think Kobe is playing for less than 10 mill regardless.
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Postby CaCHooKa Man on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:13 pm

He deserves no less than $15 mil
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby Ras Algethi on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:15 pm

He will have to take a paycut, that parts not debatable. He's not going to get north of 20mil. 10-18m is fair.
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby chingy248 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:18 pm

What if Mitch tells Kobe "I have a 50% off coupon" while negotiating?
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby Amoray on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:20 pm

I told you guys many times before that the FO made huge mistake not to amnety Kobe today. If Kobe can take his parents to court for under one million, it is easy to ready about the man inside him. Kobe is a liability to the franchise going forward and they have to cat him next year. No superstar will come to Lakers to join this greedy man by nature but good player.
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby unpossibl1 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:20 pm

The issue isn't what he deserves or doesn't deserve, the problem is if he isn't willing to take a massive paycut it hurts the Lakers chances of landing big time free agents. I would hope that if the Lakers find themselves with the opportunity to get multiple stars then he would take the paycut, but I dunno.
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby TSpence26 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:31 pm

If Kobe can get LeBron and Melo here, he will.
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Re: Kobe Will NOT Take A Paycut Next Year

Postby Doc Brown on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:44 pm

"I'm going to try and get as much as I possibly can"

If Mitch says 10 million, Kobe will try his hardest to get 20 and they will probably end up at 15.
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