Kobe pretty much destroyed the Lakers flexibility. Sure they will still be able to sign a max contract guy this summer, but it means rescinding everyone and putting together a team of minimum contract/veteran minimum rejects to surround Kobe, Nash, Sacre, Young, Rookie, and X free agent. In other words, they are going to suck during the life of Kobe's extension. And since they only have draft picks every other year for awhile, they aren't even going to be able to maximize talent through the draft. It was a totally ridiculous contract for the Lakers to enter into. They would have been better off letting him walk at that price and trying to lure two max contracts to L.A.