Originally Posted by lakerfreak
Why does everyone keep thinking that Kobe was gonna be traded when he was a FREE AGENT. Kobe was not gonna resign at all with the lakers as Long as Shaq was still there.
All lakers needed to do was decline the trade for Butler.
Why couldnt they just stop being so picky and choose the mavericks so they could try and get Nowitzki. Or the Phoenix one where we could have Gotten Marion and Stoudemire.
Marion might have been a possibility, but there was no way the Lakers would've gotten Nowitski or Stoudemire.
People think that the decision to let Shaq go was a result of Kobe's free agency. Shaq wanted a $30 million a year to resign with the Lakers after he would opt out of his deal. When I read those stories about Shaq's salary demands along with the Lakers having to offer the max to Bryant, Shaq was gone. If Kobe never tested the free agent market and resigned and begged management to keep Shaq, Shaq was still going to get traded. A Shaq trade had to happen that summer because it is such a difficult trade to actually do in the middle of the season.