4:04pm: Click here to read this week’s chat transcript.
3:00pm: Kobe Bryant confirmed Sunday what long seem to be the most likely outcome, revealing his decision that this season will be his last. He’s set to exit as a legendary, if complicated, figure in NBA history, and quite possibly the most beloved Laker ever. An odd coda to his career is likely coming in July, when the Lakers will probably renounce his rights so they can remove his maximum-salary cap hold and pave the way for the acquisition of a player they surely hope is the next great Laker. In the meantime, teams across the league are preparing for December 15th, the date when most offseason signees become eligible to be traded. We can talk about all this and more in today’s chat.