So he's forced to sign with the team that won his amnesty auction even though he's a free agent
We are obviously not talking about the same thing or scenario
Kobe has one more year on his contract, (2013-2014)
In order to amnesty him and get the full benefit of it, the Lakers would have to amnesty him before next season, (2013-2014), so his entire $30+ million contract comes off the books. This is under the assumption that Kobe will miss significant playing time due to the injury
Once they cut those ties, any team under the salary cap conduct a silent bid for any amount up to the amount they are under the cap, with the highest bid getting him on their roster for the 2013-2014 season.
The earliest he could return to the Lakers would be for the 2014-2015 season, when he would be a free agent.
Does that make sense to anyone? Its kinda late and I could be rambling