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Lakers, Bryant to work toward new deal

Updated: July 2, 2009, 10:27 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant has chosen not to terminate the final two years of his contract and will remain with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Team spokesman John Black on Wednesday confirmed Bryant's decision. The MVP of the NBA Finals had until Tuesday to become an unrestricted free agent.

Now the Lakers and Bryant's agent will negotiate a contract extension. He has spent his entire 13-year career with the team, winning four NBA championships.

On June 19, Bryant said, "I'm ...

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