Contract extension for Lakers' Kobe Bryant is in holding pattern

Kobe Bryant has not signed a contract extension. In fact, it might not happen at all this season.The Lakers guard is under contract until July 2011, but he seems to be in no hurry to extend his deal.

The Lakers have offered Bryant the maximum money he could earn.

On top of the total of $47.8 million he is scheduled to make this season and next, he can sign a three-year extension worth $86 million to $91 million more, depending on NBA salary-cap figures to be determined in 2011.

Such a move would keep him with the Lakers through the 2013-14 sea- son.

But Bryant, 31, was tight-lipped when asked about the absence of an extension.

"I’m not going to talk about it," he said. "I’m not going to let it be a distraction. I’m going to keep my business behind closed doors. If the organization wants to talk about it, they can talk about it."

The Lakers don’t. General Manager Mitch Kupchak declined to comment.,0,1250917.story

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