Wednesday , May , 30 , 2007 Oly Sandor

It’s Official: Kobe Bryant Wants The Los Angeles Lakers To Trade Him

Kobe Bryant has requested the Los Angeles Lakers trade him … In an interview today, Bryant said he felt betrayed by the Lakers organization and wants a new home … Click here for this story …

It’s official. No more waffling. Kobe Bryant wants out.

On Wednesday, Bryant went on ESPN radio and told reporter Stephen A. Smith that he wants the Los Angeles Lakers to trade him.

“I would like to be traded, yeah,” the guard said. “Tough as it is to come to that conclusion there’s no other alternative, you know?”

Bryant has no preference regarding which team he ends up with.

“At this point I’ll go play on Pluto,” he mentioned.

Bryant would have to waive the no-trade clause on his four year, 86 million dollar contract.

Over the last few days, the all-star has expressed frustration with the direction of the Lakers.

Tensions had been mounting between Bryant and the Lakers. But today it reached a boiling point when an anonymous member of the Lakers’ front office told the Los Angeles Times that Bryant was at fault for Shaquille O’Neal leaving the Lakers.

The star guard shot back, publicly blaming owner Jerry Buss for trading O’Neal to Miami and firing Coach Phil Jackson.

Bryant will now seek an immediate trade. If he can’t be accommodated, Bryant will opt out of his contract in two years.

More to come on this story as it develops.

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