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Kobe Bryant Passed on Trade to Pistons in 2007

Feb 20, 2013

Steve Schrader

Kobe Bryant with the late Jerry Buss.
Kobe Bryant with the late Jerry Buss.

Everybody was reminiscing today after the death of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

Like in 2007, when Kobe Bryant -- in one of his I-want-out-of-here moods -- was summoned to Buss' home to be informed a deal was in place.

The Lakers needed Bryant to waive his no-trade clause, because it wasn't to one of his approved destinations.

"Detroit," Buss said,'s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday. The deal was confirmed by the Free Press.

But apparently it wasn't what Kobe had in mind after all.

"It hit me that I didn't really want to walk out on Dr. Buss," Bryant said Monday, adding it probably wouldn't have mattered if it was Chicago, Dallas or New York either.

Yeah. If it had gone through, do you think Kobe would still wearing a Pistons jersey?

Anyway, sources also told Wojnarowski that it would have included Pistons core players and draft choices.

According to a 2007 report from WXYT AM 1270, the Pistons would have sent Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton, Amir Johnson and a first round pick to the Lakers.

The Pistons denied the rumors at the time.

Source: (c)2013 the Detroit Free Press. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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