Kobe Bryant said he is happy with the Lakers’ effort in free agency this summer, according to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne.
“I can sit here and tell you with 100 percent honesty that I'm happy with the effort the organization put forward this summer”
Bryant, who in November signed a two-year contract extension worth $48.5 million, averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds over six games in 2013-14 before suffering a season-ending knee injury in December.
Los Angeles was rumored to be in contention to land Carmelo Anthony, who elected to re-sign with the Knicks, and met with the agent of LeBron James, who decided to join the Cavaliers.
The Lakers were also rebuffed multiple times by center Pau Gasol, who signed with the Bulls.
The team agreed to terms with power forwards Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis and Ryan Kelly; wings Wes Johnson, Nick Young and Xavier Henry; and acquired guard Jeremy Lin in a trade with Houston.
Los Angeles won 27 games and missed the playoffs last season. The team has yet to hire a coach to replace Mike D’Antoni, who resigned in April.
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- Chris Johnson