There is something to be said for loyalty. Even if he misses all of next season, it just sends the wrong message.
The Lakers paid Magic and Worthy even when they weren't able to play anymore. No reason why they can't do that with Kobe. Cutting Kobe lose at this point in time dirties up the premier brand of the Lakers, a brand that is worth a billion dollars at least.
Personally I don't see mgmt considering doing that.
RIP Nelson Mandela
July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013