The Los Angeles Lakers are struggling to strike form at the start of the season. This has sparked a major question. Will the Lakers’ management trade off veteran star Kobe Bryant before the deadline? Now the question is gaining weight as Bryant is in the final year of his contract.
Perhaps, according to experts, this is the final NBA season for the legendary Lakers star. Nothing is more surprising than to watch Bryant donning the colors of any team apart from Los Angeles Lakers. As the face of the franchise for years, Bryant has led the Lakers to five NBA Championships. Moreover, the Lakers managed to beat Detroit Pistons on Sunday night, but Bryant was seen dealing with serious pain after the game.
Throughout his illustrious career, Los Angeles has been his home, and a change in colors at this point of his career would be shocking. But Bryant, who has been plagued by injuries for the past three seasons, is going through a tough time now. In the seven games he has featured for the Lakers this regular season, he averaged 16.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, raising doubts regarding his shooting prowess.
At 33.9 percent from the field and 23.2 percent from behind, the arc is too low, according to his standards. Finding a trade compliment for the 37-year-old won’t be easy, but his stature and fame could become the focal point of the trade.
“I’m the 200th best player in the league right now,” the star himself said on November 1, as his 20th NBA season was also riddled with injuries.
Bryant, though, earlier revealed that he wants to retire as a Laker.