Interesting article… Rumors has it, the Lakers in the summer wanted Amare, Raja, and Atlanta’s 1st Roundpick for Bryant. Would you have done it? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think!
HOOPSWORLD.COM: Ever since the Bryant situation boiled over, the Lakers had been publicly adamant that they weren’t even considering offers to trade him. Perhaps inadvertently Buss contradicted the company line – which was a flimsy premise to begin with.
One source says the Phoenix Suns reached out over the summer with Amare Stoudemire as bait – but the Lakers had some concerns about his knees. To consider giving up Bryant to a division rival – the Lakers wanted the pot sweetened with Raja Bell and the Atlanta Hawks’ 2008 unprotected first-round pick. Not surprisingly – that discussion went nowhere.
The Chicago Bulls have always been a favorite and if they started the conversation with Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich the Lakers would at least sit down at the table. Chicago has a number of pieces that would interest LA like Thabo Sefolosha, Joakim Noah and to a lesser extent Ben Gordon. Key to any Bulls deal would be the participation of PJ Brown, whom could stand to make a significant wage via S&T.
Considering Bryant’s $19.5 million salary and no-trade clause there would be a short list of suitors. A significant number of Laker fans would need to rethink their loyalties should the team move their star – but if Bryant is set to leave in 2009, that may be inevitable.