Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
who do you like more, the lakers, or kobe? i like him as much as the next guy but the team comes first. if they wait until he's old they won't get anything for him. if they move for lebron as a free-agent, kobe will still be young enough to get a couple of decent players for him in a trade.
Post like this shows you know next to nothing about the NBA. A couple of things:
1. Because of the salary cap, restriction it's almost impossible for the Lakers to go after LeBron while
still have Kobe on the roster. If they trade Kobe first, then they risk losing out on the LeBron sweepstakes and end up with nothing. Not to mention LeBron's outsized ego would prevent him from joining a team w/ Kobe or even joining the Lakers, which would make it look like he's following Kobe's footstep/
2. Kobe has a no-trade clause on his contract. He can veto any moves, and DID just that when Mitch Kupchak agreed on a deal with the Bulls.
3. Teams "get next to nothing" for players with expiring contract all the time. Again, it's not fucking soccer where there's a huge incentive to get rid of expiring contracts by selling them for massive monetary sum.