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The Black Mamba is a #LakerForLife! Kobe Bryant just signed a 2 year extension with the Lakers. He will continue to be NBA’s highest-paid player. How happy are you Laker fans?! Details after the jump…
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Kobe Bryant signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.
The Lakers did not announce financial terms, but a source told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne that the deal is worth $48.5 million.
Bryant will remain the NBA’s highest-paid player over the course of the extension, the source told Shelburne. The former league MVP will receive $23.5 million in the first year and $25 million in the second year of the extension, according to the source.
Bryant, who is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, will make over $30.4 million this season, the final year of his current contract with the Lakers.
The team announced the deal in a press release, saying that the signing “should ensure” that the 35-year-old Bryant finishes his storied career with the Lakers.
“This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said in the release. “We’ve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker, and this should ensure that that happens.
“To play 20 years in the NBA, and to do so with the same team, is unprecedented, and quite an accomplishment. Most importantly however, it assures us that one of the best players in the world will remain a Laker, bringing us excellent play and excitement for years to come.”