The LA Lakers have been fined by the NBA for violating the league's anti-tampering rules when they were pursuing Paul George. The fine amounted to $500,000.
Kobe is the face of the Lakers. Without Kobe the Lakers will need a new Face. $48.5mil for 2 years is a deal that Kobe and the Lakers can work with. The Lakers still have cap space to keep players and bring in new players. Steve Nash will gone