Originally Posted by Shogon Vendetta
Considering they gave Shaq away in order to rush to re-sign Kobe, I'd say... yes.
Kobe was going to re-sign with the Lakers, Shaq or No Shaq. He wasn't going to leave $30+ Mil on the table and sign with the hapless Clippers.
They traded Shaq because of his salary demands and the fact that he was gettin older and fatter with each new season.