Why doesn’t he waive it? This is a question asked by people who say if he IS going to be traded, he should waive it. Either way, Kobe spoke out on the matter:
Dallas News: But Bryant wants to make it clear that he will not waive his no-trade clause to facilitate a deal.
“As a player, if you have the opportunity to get the no-trade or have the upper hand in negotiations, then you do it,” Bryant said. “It’s a smart thing to do.
“When I hear people say ‘he should waive his no-trade clause,’ they must be just absolute, terrible businessmen. It makes no sense.”