KOBE-FOR-DIRK TRADE DEFLATED; BULLS STILL AN OPTION: A SoCal paper reports that Kobe could end up in Dallas, but only if Dirk Nowitzki starts suiting up at Staples Center:
The SANTA MONICA MIRROR reflects news that L.A. owner Jerry Buss would consider shipping the sullen superstar to the Mavericks, but on the condition that the gargantuan German center would be sent to the Southland in return.
However, fresh off his exit from “Dancing With The Stars“, Mavs owner Mark Cuban has said he’s “not interested” in a Kobe-Dirk swap.
Just down the I-5, Randy Youngman of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER adds to the trade rumors by suggesting that Bryant will be with the Lake Show until at least mid-December:
The speculation is that by then, the Lakers’ front office may be able to get a favorable deal from the Chicago Bulls, one of the few teams Kobe has said he would play for.
The Lakers’ regular season begins next Tuesday against Houston. Many sets will be tuned into TNT that night - not for the game, but to see if Kobe shows up in gold & purple.