Pau Gasol to sign extension with Lakers, Kobe Bryant could be close
We hit on it via Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld the other night, now the LAT's Mike Bresnahan confirms: Pau Gasol and the Lakers are ready to sign a three year extension that would keep him in purple and gold through the '13-'14 seasons, not coincidentally the same year a proposed extension for Kobe Bryant would also expire.
Bres also reports that talks between Camp Lakers (outstanding archery and water sports) and Camp Kobe (sports focused, excellent arts and crafts) are again progressing. Amounts of money aren't really in question there- there's no position from management but, "Hi Kobe, here's the all the money we can give you"- but delivery and other perks:
"...The Lakers have offered Bryant the most they can under salary-cap rules, but the sides are believed to be discussing smaller items such as whether the 11-time All-Star can get most of his annual salary at the start of each season, which has been the case throughout his current contract. Another sticking point possibly includes whether he can again have a no-trade clause, which came into play when he demanded a trade from the Lakers in May 2007..."
That deal will happen at some point. Could be soon, could into the summertime. But it would be flat out shocking if Kobe actually left LA. Still, while the extra security provided 24 by Gasol's extension, coming about a season and a half before the Spaniard would have become a free agent, can't hurt when it comes to Kobe's vision of the team's future.