Report: Lakers were reluctant to trade after Kobe Bryant’s death
Kobe Bryant’s death shook the world, particularly Los Angeles, particularly the Lakers.
Just as the trade deadline was approaching.
Ultimately, the Lakers stood pat.
I can’t imagine what the Lakers have been going through these last few weeks.
This wasn’t just about wanting to keep the group’s chemistry intact. Negotiating trades usually requires significant time. If Lakers lead executive Rob Pelinka, who was extremely close with Kobe and Gianna, didn’t have the capacity for that the previous couple weeks, it’d be completely understandable.
As time passed since since Bryant’s death and action heated up near the deadline, the Lakers were clearly open to a trade. They were in talks to acquire Marcus Morris, whom the Knicks ultimately sent to the Clippers. Kyle Kuzma – a young player on a win-now team whose skills overlap with LeBron James’ and Anthony Davis’ – looked like a prime trade candidate.
But everything happening around this team made it less likely they’d complete a trade.