View Full Version : Woj: Kobe Bryant Nearly Traded To Pistons In 2007

02-18-2013, 11:59 PM
That would have changed the league, never heard about this
The Los Angeles Lakers had found a trade for Bryant, but Buss warned him that it wasn't to one of his selected destinations.

"Detroit," Buss said.

The Lakers had agreed to a deal to send Bryant to the Pistons and needed Bryant's approval to waive his no-trade clause.The package included a combination of Detroit's core players and draft picks, sources say. Buss and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak needed an answer soon, because they refused to let the issue linger into training camp.

Bryant then realized he didn't want to waive his no-trade clause to leave the Lakers and, most importantly, his owner.

"It hit me that I didn't really want to walk out on Dr. Buss," Bryant said Monday.

Months later, Kupchak honored Buss' faith and made the trade for Pau Gasol. Soon, the Lakers were back in the NBA Finals three straight years and winning two more titles. Soon, Bryant was back to understanding the inevitable essence of Jerry Buss' prowess: In the end, the old man was a force of nature.

02-19-2013, 01:36 AM
Yeah... this is old news. I think the trade centered around Rip and Prince if I remember right. But Kobe vetoed the trade.

At the time there were also overtures from Dallas, but Dallas wasn't willing to part with Dirk and any offers that LA got, Kobe vetoed. From what I remember hearing at the time, Kobe essentially wanted to be traded to a team that was a contender, and didn't want the team to give up too much to get him because he wanted to win.

02-19-2013, 01:40 AM
That would have changed the league, never heard about this

I swear I can see nip...

02-19-2013, 01:42 AM