Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said star guard Kobe Bryant has told the GM that the 2015-16 season will be Bryant’s last with the Lakers.


This has been said and reported many times by now so I am not really sure why these comments today are such big news, but here it is.

I think first and foremost, he’s on the last year of a deal,” Kupchak told SiriusXM NBA Radio. “There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don’t think there will be.”……”He has indicated to me that this is it,”

Bryant is scheduled to make a league-high $25 million in his final contract season — his 20th — with the Lakers. But there’s speculation that Bryant could play beyond next season, and Bryant said he hasn’t ruled out that possibility. Based on these comments by Kupchak however, it seems if Kobe decides to keep playing it would be with a different team.

“A year from now, if there’s something different to discuss, then it will be discussed then,” Kupchak said of Bryant potentially playing beyond next season. “I talk to him from time to time … and he is recovering. He’s running. He’s getting movement and strength in the shoulder. We expect a full recovery, but yeah, he’s much closer to the end than to the beginning.”

There is no way anyone believes Kobe would play for another team so even though he might mentally want to keep playing next year, he will likely shut it down as we have expected for a while now.