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Kobe Bryant says he could envision playing beyond next season

Kobe Bryant, Quincy Pondexter

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans. Bryant came the closest to Wilt Chamberlain 100 in January 2006 with 81 points. The Los Angeles Lakers star scored 55 points after halftime, racking up 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting in the third quarter and 28 more in the fourth. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)


Kobe Bryant said he might play after his current contract, which expires after next season. He also said he can’t see himself playing past this contract. He even admitted he might retire after this season.

But that waffling occurred before Kobe suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

Sure, Kobe still plans to return next season.

But what about beyond?

Baxter Holmes of ESPN:

I could envision Kobe playing after his current deal. I could also envision him never playing again.

I doubt Kobe knows what he’ll do after next season, and he has time to figure it out.

The big question: If Kobe plays in 2016-17, which team will it be for?