Kobe Bryant should have no worries about being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers, despite there was a possibility of him exercising his contract with his no-trade clause.

"I think about a lot of things to improve this team, to figure out how to manage the finances of it," said Lakers executive vice president of player personnel, Jim Buss on 710 ESPN on Friday. "One thing I haven't thought of is Kobe being somewhere else. I don't know why that question has ever come up and I'd like to squish that one."

The 33-year-old shooting guard will be making over $58 million for the next two seasons of his contract with the franchise he has been with for all of his 16-year-career. However, many have said Bryant is getting older and his chances of getting a sixth ring is now fading away.

"I might disagree with you that Kobe only has three or four years left, but we'll see," Buss said. "As you see, we make trades and our whole focus isn't to win a sixth (championship). I'm not sure I would stop there for Kobe; I would go to seven or eight if we can. ... I think Kobe is going to be a Laker for life and I'm pretty sure he's not going to hang them up after two years."

What do you think? How long will Kobe Bryant last in the NBA? Will he ever get a sixth ring?

Written by Josh Dhani, Founder 

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