Bryant has been sidelined since Dec. 19 with a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left leg. He remains hopeful of returning to the floor again this season. He has played in just six games this season, averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
"We're not going to push him to get back," general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "I don't see why you would. We've made a commitment to him for two more years, and I just don't know why we'd do that [push him to come back]. But if he feels he's ready and he's in shape and he gets the doctor's approval, then there's no reason why he couldn't do that."
The team is hopeful Bryant will be able to return and perform well with the idea of giving potential free agents something to think about when choosing a new team. He has played in just six games this season, averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
The team won't be able to provide a timetable on a potential return until Bryant is able to resume activity, and that won't happen until he's able to have the MRI. He still is experiencing pain and swelling in the injured knee.
Bryant has averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds over six games played this season.
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Bryant has been sidelined since Dec. 19 with the injury and has been limited to only six games this season. He is expected to be re-evaluated soon after the All-Star break. He's hoping to return to the floor again this season, but would not clarify on whether this would be the last of his career.
"Maybe this is the end. Then again, maybe it's not," Bryant said.
"It's completely out of my control," Bryant said. "I really got to sit here and just wait until this thing heals up and then go out there and do what I do."
Bryant stayed behind last week for rehab on his injured knee when the team went on a three-game road trip. He has averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds over six games played this season.