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Kobe quiet about free-agent status

Although there's no indication Kobe Bryant wouldn't rejoin the Lakers, the fact remains that he could become a free agent this summer, J.A. Adande writes.

Originally Published: February 13, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

In all the frenzy and speculation about the NBA free-agent market of 2010, no one is talking about the fact the reigning MVP can become a free agent this summer -- or, if he prefers, join the LeBron-Wade-Bosh-Amare-Dirk-Nash-Yao-Pierce free-agent class in 2010.

Kobe Bryant can forego the final two years on his contract with the Lakers if he decides to opt out after the season. If he passes on that opportunity, he can opt out in 2010. Or if he prefers, he can become a free agent in 2011, ...

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