Kobe Bryant is NBA’s highest-paid athlete! Earning $27.8 million last year, he topped Forbes’ ‘NBA’s Highest Paid Players’ list. He is $7 million richer that other athletes of the league, including LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki.
This year, Forbes has predicted he will earn an estimate of $59.8 million of combined salary and endorsements.
And in the 2013-14 season, Kobe is expected to earn $30 million, an amount that would truly be a pain for the Lakers franchise.
That is, if he will be able to play in the next season and recover from his achilles surgery which will last for nine months. The treatment will end in mid-October and the next season will also begin in late October.
Earning such a huge amount led up to the issue of amnesty clause on Bryant which will allow the Lakers to save dough from the luxury tax burden. Kobe as a free agent could still play for the team but on a smaller contract. He will be paid less than the amount he is expected to earn.
Now another risk of the amnesty would be on the part of the Lakers. If other teams would offer Kobe up to $35 million, an amount higher than what he will earn in the franchise, are they willing to lose their ace player who has given them five championships?
The better question is, with Kobe already earning mega bucks, is he willing to hold on to the team he spent his entire NBA career with for a much lower salary?
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