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Insurance may help Lakers pay their injured stars

  |   Jan. 4, 2014 at 2:21 PM
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- An insurance policy could provide the Los Angeles Lakers with financial help if stars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash miss the rest of the season due to injuries.

The Los Angeles Times said Saturday insurance would cover 80 percent of the salary for a player who misses 41 games in a season. Nash and Bryant missed their 27th games by sitting out Friday's contest against Utah.

The Times said the Lakers would be repaid about $3 million of Nash's $9.3 million salary if he misses the rest of the season. Insurance would cover about $10 million of Bryant's paycheck if he does not come back.

Bryant is considered more likely than Nash to be back on the court this season, but the Lakers' insurance carrier could elect not to cover him next season. Bryant signed a $48.5 million two-year contract extension that kicks in next season.

The Lakers told the Times they were not focused on insurance payments and wanted both players back in the lineup.

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