In an interview at his basketball camp Wednesday, Kobe Bryant was asked by Serena Winters of Lakers Nation if he had thought about taking a pay cut in his upcoming contract. The 34-year-old, who is due for a contract extension following the 2013-14 season, says he will not be taking a pay cut – which could make it difficult to rebuild or sign a big free agent in 2014.
Winters: If you do keep playing, and you prolong this retirement, you are gonna have to sign a new contract, and if you do it’s likely that you might have to take pretty big pay cut. Have you thought about that at all?
Kobe: “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….I’m not taking any at all, that’s the negotiation you have to have.”