LA Times: And on Thursday, the Lakers finally felt a mild breeze of tranquillity, thanks to a strong issuance out of the Windy City.
Chicago Bulls General Manager John Paxson ended the notion that Kobe Bryant would be dealt to Chicago, halting the unchecked speculation that a deal was close to being completed.
Paxson said he wanted to address the situation to “end all the rumors swirling around . . . because there’s not a deal that ever was on the verge of being done, ever close to being done or is going to be done right now. It’s not there. So that’s that.”
Back at the Lakers’ training facility, General Manager Mitch Kupchak concurred, in not so many words.
“Well said, John,” Kupchak said after hearing Paxson’s remarks. Kupchak declined further comment.