Kobe Bryant expects to only play for Lakers in his NBA career

Kobe Bryant told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday that he fully intends to retire as a Laker someday and doesn’t believe there will be any problem securing an extension for as long as he can play at an elite level.

There have yet to be any discussions between Bryant’s camp and the Lakers about an extension, he said, so neither side has any idea yet what type of salary he will command. Bryant is currently the highest-paid player in the league at $30.5 million this season.

“As a businessman the goal is always to not take a pay cut,” Bryant said. “But …”

Reported by Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles