Kobe Nearly Traded To Pistons in 07
After demanding a trade in 2007, Kobe Bryant was told that he was involved in a deal that would send him from the Lakers to the Detroit Pistons.
Via Yahoo! Sports: “The Lakers had agreed to a deal to send Bryant to the Pistons and needed Bryant’s approval to waive his no-trade clause. The package included a combination of Detroit’s core players and draft picks, sources say. Buss and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak needed an answer soon, because they refused to let the issue linger into training camp.”
Potential Pistons that could have joined the Lakers in exchange for Kobe Bryant were Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace, and Aaron Afflalo.
After being notified by Jerry Buss, Kobe realized how important staying a Laker for life was to him. Fortunately for the Lakers, they managed to land Pau Gasol moments after, and eventually went on a 2-Peat.