Bryant is owed $30.5 million this season. The NBA's collective bargaining agreement allows players to receive up to 80 percent of their salary upfront. Bryant's amount of $24,363,044 is 79.7 percent.
Bryant's return from an Achilles tendon tear is still unknown, but his salary is guaranteed.
San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan was not scheduled to play in Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers because of a chest contusion, coach Gregg Popovich said at the team's shootaround.
Duncan was injured Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Duncan is considered day-to-day, but Popovich said he was not sure when he would return.
Beverley is out 10 to 14 days after sustaining the injury during the Rockets' season opener Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Jones will have surgery and is out indefinitely. He was injured during Wednesday night's overtime loss at the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced they exercised the third-year team options on forward Arnett Moultrie and guard Tony Wroten. (Editing by Frank Pingue)
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