Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant will be out six to nine months because of a torn left Achilles' tendon, according to doctors.

Of course, Bryant is 34 and has spent 17 years in the NBA. He may never be the same player again.

Which is why the idea of waiving Bryant under the NBA's one-time "amnesty" provision has been tossed around -- although not among anyone in the Lakers organization, General Manager Mitch Kupchak said.

Bryant is one of four players on the roster whom the Lakers would be allowed to cut without paying luxury taxes on his salary. If the Lakers waived Bryant, they would still have to pay his $30.5 salary for next season but would save up to $80 million in luxury taxes.

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