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Jim Buss: Kobe not going anywhere

Updated: October 26, 2013, 8:18 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Kobe Bryant isn't going anywhere.

Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss said Friday that the team has started talks with Bryant's representative on a contract extension for the five-time NBA champion and fully expects a new deal to be completed before the star guard can become a free agent July 1.

"I want to put an end to any speculation that we would allow Kobe to become a free agent," Buss told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Friday night. ...

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