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LAKERS' KOBE BRYANT AGREES TO NEW CONTRACT

Kobe Bryant was expected to put his name on a new, six-year, $70.9 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The deal is the maximum he can earn under the new collective-bargaining agreement. It makes Bryant, 20, the second-highest-paid player on the team behind only Shaquille O'Neal, who has a seven-year, $121 million deal.

Elsewhere in the NBA, reports indicate free agent forward Dennis Rodman will sign with the Orlando Magic and play for former coach Chuck Daly. . . . Center Michael Olowokandi, the first selection in last summer's NBA draft, agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Clippers. The three-year deal is worth $10.3 million.

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