Jan 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) looks on from the bench during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Kobe To Retire Soon + Kevin Love Aftermath

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With Kevin Love officially becoming a Cleveland Cavalier on Saturday, we’ve finally managed to put a bookend on the 2014 NBA offseason.

Next on the chopping block: the FIBA World Cup (for some), training camps and then the regular season.

However, before jumping into the a basketball-filled September, we must go back and reflect on what really happened in the pursuit of Kevin Love.

And according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, it involved 12 different teams calling the Minnesota Timberwolves.

[via ESPN -- The Cavaliers' Kevin Love Plan]

In all, more than 12 teams reached out to the Wolves to make some sort of offer for Love. Some were non-starters, some were legit. The Golden State Warriors got the closest and could’ve removed the Cavs from the equation before they ever were able to make their best offer. But the Warriors and Wolves couldn’t find a deal and neither could anyone else, buying the Cavs what turned out to be some extremely valuable time.

Kobe’s Extinction? 

Kobe Bryant knew exactly what he was doing when he signed his his two-year, $48 million contract last year. Turns out, he is only planning on playing this contract out before retiring.

At least, that’s the plan right now.

[via SI.com -- Twilight The Saga]

Bryant­ signed a $48.5 million, two-year deal. The contract, widely derided as the worst in the game, makes Bryant nearly impossible to move, even were the Lakers to try. Asked about Kobe’s value on the market, one GM answers definitively: “Zero. Look at that number. Who takes him?”

This is by design, of course. It ensures that Bryant accomplishes something very few pro athletes have: playing an entire career with one team. Bryant’s plan is to retire in two years, though he says he reserves the right to change his mind.

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