Wednesday , May , 30 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Bryant wants out of LA

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant has reportedly asked to be
traded from the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Los Angeles Times, citing numerous sources, reported the nine-time All-
Star’s trade request but a Lakers spokesman declined comment to the paper.

The 28-year-old Bryant still has four years and nearly $89 million left on a
seven-year contract he signed in 2004, but has butted heads with Los Angeles
general manager Mitch Kupchak over the inability to garner more talent for the
franchise.

The Lakers have not won a playoff series since trading Shaquille O’Neal in
July of 2004 and were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in just five games this
season.

Bryant has averaged 24.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 784 career
games with the Lakers and has been a part of three world championship teams.

To be moved, Bryant would have to waive a no-trade clause.

LAL