Although Kobe Bryant won't return this season, the Lakers legend still has a deal with the franchise that lasts into 2015.
But at 35, and struggling with injuries, that $48.5 million contract may well prove to be Kobe's last in the NBA.
And the Lakers are ready to give their longtime legend an appropriate sendoff.
Speaking in a recent interview, Lakers executive Jeanie Buss touched on the plans for Bryant's final season.
As reported by Dave McMenamin, Buss got emotional when discussing the lack of official sendoff Magic Johnson received in Los Angeles, before confirming that they will definitely give Kobe Bryant a 'farewell tour' when the time comes.
Bryant has remained tight lipped on his future plans unsurprisingly, but has in recent weeks come out in criticism of the Lakers hierarchy.
But after spending his entire career with the franchise, winning five championships over 17 years, it doesn't look like his recent remarks will prevent the Lakers from honoring one of their greatest ever players.
Kobe meanwhile will be focussed on returning next season for perhaps his final chance to win that elusive sixth ring.