Leave it up to Dallas Maverick’s owner, Mark Cuban, to provide his two cents on what the 16-Time World Champion’s Los Angeles Lakers should do with their superstar Kobe Bryant. I mean don’t get me wrong Cuban just gutted his own team last season so he has some idea of what to do. Maybe its his way of reaching out to the Buss Family during trying times.
Let’s play devil’s advocate:
Kobe is due a mere $30 million next season which puts the Lakers over the luxury tax threshold by $7 million. That doesn’t even include the hopeful signing of the summer’s biggest free agent, Dwight Howard. Howard will command at least $20 million a season on his upcoming deal which even creates more of chaos for the Lakers. Once you pass $5 million over the luxury tax, it increases to $1.75 for every dollar over. After that, every $5 million over goes from $2.50 to $3.25 to $3.75 and increases $.50 for every $5 million after that. But we are talking about Kobe! Kobe Bryant is the Mr. Laker, he is the draw, the 5-Time NBA champion that is relied upon the success of the franchise. His legacy belongs in a purple and gold uniform. Mark Cuban spoke about his reasons the Lakers should amnesty Kobe.
“If you look at their payroll, even if Dwight Howard comes back, you’ve got to ask the question: Should they amnesty Kobe?” Cuban said during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Ben and Skin Show.” “So I’m just saying that hypothetically. When I say amnesty Kobe, I don’t think they’d do it, but they’ve got some choices to make. Now, they’re in a big market, but they’re still limited. The Knicks, the same thing. Boston same thing.”
Is Mark Cuban trying to use his Shark Tank skills into conning the mighty Laker’s franchise in disrupting their team? When was the last time the Laker’s organization were hurting for money? Did Cuban forget that the Lakers just inked a $3 billion deal with Time Warner Cable.
Message to the Buss Family:
If you have forgotten the Dallas Mavericks swept your team and went on to win the NBA Championship just two seasons ago. Then, Cuban refer to his Shark Tank entourage in deciding the fate Tyson Chandler, the backbone of the Mavericks and Defensive Player of The Year. HE COULD OF KEPT CHANDLER AND AMNESTY BRENDAN HAYWOOD. He decided against that, letting Chandler walk and keeping Haywood for one additional season before AMNESTY HAYWOOD anyway. Giving up a team that won you a NBA championship for financial flexibility! The 2012-13 season has been a disaster for the Mavericks. Cuban got his wish for all the financial flexibility in the world but no NBA player seem to want to play in Dallas. So take note Buss Family, ride the horse of the Black Mamba as long as you can and find a way to keep Mr. Howard because Mark Cuban has put your team on notice.