Sunday , Oct , 14 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Where Will L.A. Laker Guard Kobe Bryant End Up: Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Or New York Knicks?

Ten days ago, superstar Kobe Bryant appeared at L.A.’s training camp, smiled for the cameras, and re-pledged his loyalty to the purple-and-gold. On the surface, everything seemed fine. But what’s on the surface and what’s actually going on are often very different in Laker-land …

Where Will L.A. Laker Guard Kobe Bryant End Up: Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Or New York Knicks?

Ten days ago, superstar Kobe Bryant appeared at L.A.’s training camp, smiled for the cameras, and re-pledged his loyalty to the purple-and-gold.

On the surface, everything seemed fine. But what’s on the surface and what’s actually going on are often very different in Laker-land.

For whatever reason, Jerry Buss, the team’s owner and seventy year old playboy, recently gave an interview to the L.A. Times. And the Godfather turned on his number-one capo, publicly stating that the club would trade Bryant if the right deal came along.

The shock-waves are still being felt around the NBA. And the 24-7 Kobe trade rumors are once again dominating chat rooms, water-coolers, and playground courts throughout the world.

Everyone has a theory about where the world’s best player will end up. Here are a few places where Bryant could potentially land:

           The Front Runners:

1) Chicago Bulls

  • Why They Could Get Bryant: are loaded with young talent, play in the Eastern Conference, and Bryant would literally be following in Jordan’s footsteps.
  • Why They Won’t Get Bryant: The Bulls might prefer sticking with their young talent, particularly the trio of , , and . And the Lakers would need to get a bigger name back to appease the courtside celebs at Staples Center.

2) Utah Jazz

  • Why They Could Get Bryant: are prepared to offer the Lakers everybody on their roster except and . Bryant and Boozer also have a business relationship because they share agent Rob Pelinka.
  • Why They Won’t Get Bryant: The Laker would want either Boozer or Williams as part of any package for Bryant. Maybe both.
  • Bryant refused to play in Charlotte, so why would he ball in a small market like Salt Lake City? And Utah also plays in the Western Conference, which complicates things for the Lakers.

3) Dallas Mavericks

  • Why They Could Get Bryant: Everyone except MVP forward Dirk Nowitzki would be available. So the Lakers could back get some combination of Josh Howard, Jason Terry, and . And Mark Cuban, ’ owner, has the ability to pull off impossible deals.
  • Why They Won’t Get Bryant:  Again, the Mavs plays in the Western Conference and Buss would hate to see Bryant and Cuban hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy in late June.

An Outside Shot

4) Memphis Grizzlies

  • could offer Paul Gasol, Mike Conley Jr., and Mike Miller. But Memphis‘ ownership situation is too unstable to pull off this kind of mega-trade.

5) New York Knicks

  • Bryant moving from Hollywood to The Big Apple would be ideal for the NBA. But Bryant should avoid New York while Isiah Thomas and James Dolan are still in charge. 

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