There are talks that Kobe Bryant will take a paycut after this season to allow the Lakers cap space to sign free agents, but for now he's the highest paid player in the league, and today he will receive a massive payday.
As part of his contract, the Lakers are going to give Kobe a lump sum of over $24 million towards his $30 million contract today. The remaining $6 million owed will then be paid over the remainder of the season.
When you see huge numbers like this you start to believe that Mamba would be open to a pay cut in the future in order to chase another ring.
From the LA Times:
Negotiated as part of his specific contract, Bryant receives a balloon payment on Nov. 1. On Friday, the All-Star guard will receive $24,363,044 from the Lakers.
Bryant's salary for the entire season is $30,453,805 -- the remaining $6.1 million will be paid out over the course of the year.