It’s not often you see a major sports franchise go through the motions.
But that’s exactly what’s happened with the Los Angeles Lakers, who are facing the prospect of losing their most successful franchise player, Kobe Bryant, at the end of the season.
In a statement released Monday, the team said it had “a process underway” for Bryant’s termination, and that “the NBA has no intention of changing its current policies or policies regarding personnel matters.”
The Lakers, for their part, have said that they’ll be working with league officials and other parties to “take appropriate action” if Bryant is fired.
This comes as the NBA is facing its own issues of its own, after an investigation found the league violated labor law by allowing players to receive salaries from the league without paying them for the work they do.
And the controversy surrounding the firing of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, who was fired following a video that surfaced of him punching a woman in the face, has taken the league off the airwaves for the rest of the month.
But the Lakers are among a growing number of NBA teams that have had issues with players, some of whom are now facing the possibility of being let go.
Here are some of the league’s most notable cases of player firings.
Miami Heat, Miami Heat/Wade Baldwin The Miami Heat and Miami Heat owner and CEO, Mark Cuban, have been embroiled in a contentious spat over the past year.
A series of video clips surfaced showing the two men arguing in a hotel room.
In one of the videos, Cuban allegedly asked Baldwin to take a shower.
“I told him, ‘You have the right to shower, but you’re not allowed to shower with me,'” Baldwin said in the video, which was released Monday.
That’s not enough for you. “
Cuban allegedly replied, “Well, you’re going to have to take that shower with us, and you’re only going to get $10,000 per month.
That’s not enough for you.
That is not enough.
And he said, [He] can do what he wants with his body, but not what I want.
And I’m going to say to him, I’ll do what I need to do with my body.
You know what, I’m gonna leave.
And that’s the end.
“The Heat announced that they have terminated Baldwin for his “inappropriate and unacceptable behavior” on Feb. 22, 2018, following a report by the New York Post that the Heat had fired the veteran center after he and his wife had an argument in the hotel room where the video surfaced.
The Heat also announced that in the wake of that report, they fired Cuban, citing a “zero tolerance policy.”
The NBA has suspended Cuban indefinitely.
New York Knicks, Phil Jackson Phil Jackson has long been criticized by some NBA players for not having a clear message to his players on social media, which many players say contributes to an atmosphere of bullying.
On Jan. 23, 2019, Jackson told ESPN that “it is an unfortunate situation, but it is not one that we’ve ever been able to overcome.
“It is an issue that I will be trying to work on and try to make it better,” he said.
The Knicks said in a statement that Jackson “has spoken to all teams regarding this matter and we have suspended him for the duration of the 2017-18 season pending the outcome of the NBA investigation.”
The Knicks, who have also fired three of their top executives in the past two seasons, have not yet released an official statement on the matter.
Orlando Magic, Greg Monroe Greg Monroe’s career with the Magic is currently winding down, but his future is still up in the air.
Monroe has been a part of several high-profile coaching changes since he was fired by the team in February.
Monroe’s contract with the team runs through the 2019-20 season, and the Magic have not released any official statement about his future with the franchise.
“Greg has expressed his desire to remain with the Orlando Magic as an employee,” the team stated in a tweet on Jan. 21.
“He has expressed a desire to stay in Orlando and we appreciate his support.”
The Magic have a $25 million option on Monroe’s 2018-19 contract.
Philadelphia 76ers, Al Jefferson Al Jefferson’s contract runs through 2019-21.
Jefferson’s representatives told ESPN on Monday that the forward is “fully committed to the Philadelphia 76s” and is “committed to continuing to serve our franchise and our fans.”
Jefferson’s agent, Bill Duffy, said that “his focus is solely on his basketball career.”
Jefferson is a free agent, and he is not expected to sign with any team before then.
Sacramento Kings, John Salmons John Salmans contract is not scheduled to expire until 2021-22.
The Kings announced that Salmons is not renewing his contract in March, and has asked the league to extend his contract by one year, per the team