First, let me explain that this is not going to happen. Point blank, period. However, with the NBA lockout now ending, we can pretend, right?
With the help of the ESPN NBA Trade Machine, I assembled four trade scenarios that I think could work, both financially and personnel-wise.
We know the Lakers are loaded up front with Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum. It's also been well-documented that people think Kobe should defer to them more, even though he's a top 10 player of all time. Well, let's say the Lakers think they can do better without Kobe. Let's say they think they can get enough in return for Kobe to make it worthwhile trading him. What would the Lakers get for him? Would it be worth it? Let's take a look.