Before the shoulder injury, Bryant had acknowledged that retirement had "crossed my mind."
Should he walk away from the final year of his contract voluntarily, the Lakers would have significant cap space this summer.
Former Lakers guard Darius Morris said Thursday he believed Bryant still had a lot left in the tank for another season.
Meanwhile, Bryant was named an All-Star for the 17th time in his career.
The Lakers also lost to the Spurs, 99-85, in San Antonio.
Scott benched Young for the second half, after a badly missed defensive assignment.
Clarkson, along with fellow rookie Tarik Black, will be bringing baby dolls to home games, as Scott's version of rookie hazing.
Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis said he loved working with Bryant on the Olympics team.