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GM: Lakers will contend with Kobe

Updated: November 27, 2013, 9:30 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday that not only will Kobe Bryant retire as a Laker, he'll also close out his career playing for championship-contending teams.

A day earlier, Bryant signed a two-year contract extension through 2015-16 worth $48.5 million. 

Even with so much money committed to Bryant -- his $23.5 million salary accounts for more than a third of the expected $62.9 million salary cap next season -- Kupchak believes ...

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