ESPN Tells Story Of A Possible ‘LeBron-For-Kobe’ Trade That Never Would Have Happened Anyway
You know it's mid-February -- one of the slowest times of the year on the sports calendar -- when ESPN trots out clickbait articles like the one Brian Windhorst posted today about a possible LeBron-for-Kobe trade back in 2007.
The trade, of course, did not happen, because Kobe turned out to be a Laker for life and LeBron
has been a Cavalier for life is still on the Cavs, as of this moment. But the article posits (at least in the headline) that a trade was more possible than you might have imagined.
In truth, of course, the trade would never have happened. Even Kobe is quoted as saying so in the same article:
For Bryant, who had a no-trade clause in his contract, the answer was simple.
"I never would've approved it. Never. The trade to go to Cleveland? Never," Bryant told Holmes. "That wasn't one of the teams that was on my list. It was Chicago, San Antonio [or] Phoenix."
So... cool story, bro? About the only thing worth pulling from the piece is the bit about no other team offering the Cavaliers any sort of package for LeBron since they snagged the first pick in the 2003 draft:
Those who worked in Cleveland's front office remember it for one reason: It was the only time a team ever called to make an offer for James. He was considered the ultimate untouchable. Frankly, until that time, so was Bryant.
Even in 2003, when the Cavs won the draft lottery, the team's front office figured it would get a "Godfather" offer or two to give up the No. 1 pick they planned to use on James. But the phone never rang.
It's good to know that NBA GMs don't treat their jobs the way dudes playing NBA 2K might. "Okay, I'll give you Josh Smith and Clint Capela for LeBron, straight up. Cool?"
But yeah, slow news times, guys. Get your Cam Newton takes in while they're still hot.
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