The Chicago Bulls were rumored to have the best shot at acquiring him since they possessed an abundance of young talent.
The Bulls were said to have offered anyone on their roster except for Luol Deng, who for some reason was considered untouchable.
Anyway, Bryant initially wanted to play in Chicago, but changed his mind after seeing how much the Bulls would be giving up in the deal. He believed there wouldn't be enough talent left to win a championship.
So, Bryant remained in L.A. and after the Lakers picked up Pau Gasol, they reached the NBA Finals in 2008 and won it all in 2009. Lakers fans breathed a sigh of relief.
But, what if Bryant had ended up in Chicago?
Well, first off, it would be pretty weird seeing him in a Bulls uniform instead of the familiar purple-and-gold.
And what jersey number would he choose to wear? Would he keep his usual 24, go back to his old 8, or request to wear Michael Jordan's infamous 45? Heck, he might have even asked to see if MJ's number 23 was available. Just kidding.
Of course, it would be interesting to see what kind of reception Bryant would get in his first trip to the Staples Center as a member of the visiting team. That game would be probably be played on Christmas Day in order to boost the television ratings a little bit. Everyone would tune in.
How would the home crowd react? Would they boo him every time he touched the ball because they were upset that he had asked to be traded?
Or would they cheer him on because they appreciated what he had done for their team over the years?
A lot of so-called Lakers fans are really just "Kobe" fans. So with that being said, many fans would likely have hopped on the Bulls' bandwagon,sort of like what happened when the Boston Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
But, of course, we will never know how things may have played out if Kobe was dealt to the Windy City.
We'll just have to sit back and wonder.