In a deal one report argues "almost guarantees he'll retire a Laker," Kobe Bryant signed a three-year contract extension Friday with the NBA's most-lucrative team. The end of the extension would have him at the 16-year mark as a Laker.
"We are extremely pleased that we were able to reach an agreement and come to terms on the extension at this time," states team general manager Mitch Kupchak. "Kobe has been a cornerstone of the Lakers for well over a decade, helping to lead us to four NBA championships and in the process developing into one of the greatest players in basketball history."
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NBA.com notes that the guard is the league's 12th-place all-time scorer and that " ... in Bryant's 13 seasons with the Lakers they have appeared in postseason play in all but one season (2004-05) ... "