There was a lot of rumors sparking up about Kobe to Detroit and Kobe vetoing a deal there. According to Hoopsworld, they clearify fact from fiction. Eric Pincus’ latest from his rumor mill:
Hoopsworld: Radio rumors in Detroit claimed the Los Angeles Lakers and Pistons were near a blockbuster deal sending Kobe Bryant to the Pistons for Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Amir Johnson and first round pick.
This alleged “deal” was supposed to have been agreed to by both the Lakers and Pistons on Tuesday – only to have Bryant veto the trade.
While it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction, a source close to the Lakers says it’s not true. While the Pistons and Lakers did talk a few weeks ago, nothing significant materialized.
The recent buzz, suggests the source, is probably nothing more than old news echoing about.
While a Bryant trade is certainly possible at some point this season – there doesn’t appear to be anything imminent in the works. Rather it appears the pressure to move Bryant has died down some with the Lakers relatively strong start.