Bryant had said he was frustrated by the slow progress of his knee injury, which has kept him out of action since mid-December.
In a news conference, the Lakers' All-Star guard called out Lakers management, saying he fully expects the team to put together a contender for next season.
News also broke that
If the Lakers intend to rebuild quickly, during the two final years on Bryant's contract, they would need to start by trading their 2014 second-round pick, in July.
Meanwhile, the Lakers were the first NBA team to be eliminated from playoff contention.
Kansas center Joel Embiid, suffering with a back injury, could fall in the draft -- perhaps to the Lakers' draft range.
Finally, Bryant unveiled his latest commercial, featuring the "Kobe light bulb."