Kobe Bryant says he isn't planning on taking a pay cut in 2014. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is expected to be paid $32 million in the last year of his contract for next season.
At 34 years of age last season, Bryant played at a All-NBA level, averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and six assists before tearing his Achilles tendon at the end of the year.
When it comes to re-negotiating a new contract with the team, Bryant is likely not about to play for a one-year minimum salary worth $1.45 million. He was asked if there was any chance of him taking a pay cut in 2014.
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“I’m not taking any at all – that’s the negotiation that you have to have.” Bryant told Lakers Nation 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.”