Let's say it is the Summer of 2003 and Cleveland has the #1 pick like they did, would both teams agree on a trade with a 25 year old Kobe part of the equation for a 18 year old Lebron? Who accepts, who declines?
Which is more likely to happen?
Both teams would agree on Trade
Cleveland would Agree on Trade, while LA Lakers would decline it
Cleveland Declines Trade, while LA Lakers would Accept it
Both Teams would Decline Trade
At this time the Lakers had been dethroned as champions going out in round 2. Not sure if there was any legit discussion of trading Kobe at the time, but would LA had entertained the idea or would Cleveland have done it?