HOOPSWORLD.COM: With Kobe Bryant reiterating his trade demand in person to Los Angeles Lakers’ owner Dr. Jerry Buss, the franchise has a serious decision to make: try and appease their superstar in what may be a futile pursuit . . . or move Bryant now on the Lakers’ terms.
For a Bryant trade to work, LA needs to re-establish leverage lost. With Bryant holding a no-trade clause and 15% trade kicker he has the ability to hamper any Laker negotiation.
For Dr. Buss to send Bryant to a team of Kobe’s choosing (specifically the Chicago Bulls), Bryant would then need to waive his veto power. Bryant would get his exit, but not have a say in who LA gets in return for him. This would give the Lakers some badly needed leverage in the negotiation.
If Bryant refuses then the Lakers would have to draw a hard line. No trade. Period.