Lakers call Mark Cuban's Kobe Bryant remarks 'inappropriate'
The Lakers heard Mark Cuban's comments about Kobe Bryant. They weren't amused. The Dallas Mavericks owner said in a radio interview Friday that the Lakers should consider using their one-time amnesty provision on Bryant this summer. Bryant has one more season and $30.5 million left on his contract. He is one of four players the Lakers can waive via the money-saving device after this season. "We're aware of Mark Cuban's comments and feel they are inappropriate," Lakers spokesman John Black said. "As to the issue itself, we will not comment publicly on the amnesty issue as it relates to any of our players." The Lakers will not file a formal complaint with the NBA, though the league is looking into the matter and can fine Cuban for his comments. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak declined to comment. Pau Gasol ($19.3 million next season), Metta World Peace ($7.7 million) and Steve Blake ($4 million) are the other three players the Lakers can waive this summer to avoid paying luxury taxes on their salaries. The Lakers still have to pay the salary of whichever player they amnesty. "If you look at their payroll, even if Dwight [Howard] comes back, you've got to ask the question: Should they amnesty Kobe?" Cuban told 103.3 FM in Dallas. "You just don't know, right? It's the same reason I wouldn't get rid of Dirk [Nowitzki]. I'll take a hit for a season rather than get rid of Dirk. I've made that commitment to him over the years and he's returned that commitment.
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