GM: Kobe's 2-year deal will be it

The two-year, $48.5 million contract extension Kobe Bryant signed in 2013 will keep him with the Los Angeles Lakers through the 2015-16 season.

After that, don't expect to see the future Hall of Famer with the Lakers -- or any other team -- according to general manager Mitch Kupchak.

Kupchak, in an interview with NBA.com published Tuesday, said he believes Bryant will retire when his deal expires in 2016.

"All indications are, to me, from him, that this [two-year contract extension] is going to be it," Kupchak told the website. "If somebody's thinking of buying a ticket three years from now to see Kobe play, I would not do that. Don't wait. Do it this year."

Bryant, 36, is 21 games into his 19th season in the league, all with the Lakers.

But recent times have been tough for the five-time NBA champion. He suffered a season-ending Achilles tear in 2013, and injuries limited him to six games last season.

The Lakers, meanwhile, have struggled. They had the second-worst record in the Western Conference last season, and entering Wednesday they found themselves in the same position this season at 5-16 despite Bryant averaging 25.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

Bryant told Yahoo! Sports last week that he still enjoys the daily grind of the NBA but when that enjoyment ends, so will his career.

"It's a lifestyle, an absolute around-the-clock lifestyle. There's no getting away from it," Bryant told the website. "I've always enjoyed that aspect of it, the process of it, the building of it. But there will come a point when I don't anymore, and then it will be over for me."

In a Showtime documentary that is expected to air in early 2015, Bryant acknowledged being "scared" about his post-basketball future while embracing the challenge of finding something he can be as passionate about as sports.

"You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid," he said. "It's about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it's fun at the same time."