Lakers Rumors: Kobe Bryant Won't Recruit Free Agents LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony?

Lakers rumors are off and running already with hundreds of theories over what the Los Angeles Lakers will do during the offseason after the 2013-14 NBA regular season draws to a close.

One of the rumors circulating which may have been debunked is the thought that superstar Kobe Bryant would play an active role in shaping the Lakers via free agency this offseason -- perhaps using his friendships with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to lure the superstars to the Staples Center.

Per Lauren Moranor of Sports World Report (with information obtained from USA Today Sports), Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak made it clear that Bryant will not be consulted when it comes to where the future of the franchise is heading in 2014-15 and beyond:

"We won't consult with him. Our decisions going forward - we're not going to do knee-jerk stuff. We'll let the season end, and take some time," Kupchak stated via USA Today Sports.

"He'll be fine. He's got no choice. He'll be fine. When we lose, he'll rant and rave and be upset and be hot and won't talk to anybody, but that's the way it is. You've got to take the good with the bad."

Whether or not the Lakers keep Kobe Bryant's wishes in mind, even without asking him directly, is an entirely different matter entirely.

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