How the CBA can help Lakers

Where L.A. can take advantage of the CBA in the wake of Kobe Bryant injury

Updated: April 15, 2013, 3:18 PM ET
By Larry Coon | ESPN Insider

Kobe BryantCameron Browne/NBAE/Getty ImagesIn the wake of Kobe Bryant's injury, the Lakers could use the CBA to their advantage.

Somewhat presciently, I wrote on my blog, "Unless Kobe Bryant loses a leg in an industrial accident between now and July, he's safe from the amnesty axe." Metaphorically, that's exactly what happened.

On Sunday, Bryant had surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon, and the rough timetable for Bryant's return is six to nine months, per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. Optimistically, this would have Bryant back on the court close to the start of the 2013-14 campaign, but the more sober prognosis is he would miss the entire season.

Amin Elhassan outlined the Lakers' options Monday. There's not much they can do this season. However, there's plenty they can do to maximize their options within the collective bargaining agreement this summer and next season. Here are three other avenues -- two within the CBA -- as it relates to the Lakers.

Larry Coon is the author of the NBA Salary Cap FAQ.