Kobe Bryant reveals he wanted to be traded to the Chicago Bulls

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Kobe Bryant has been a Los Angeles Laker his whole NBA career, but that came so close to changing back in 2007.

Bryant appeared on The Grantland Basketball Hour with Bills Simmons and Jalen Rose and spoke about a lot of topics ranging from how many titles he should have won with Shaq, to whether or not the Oklahoma City Thunder are Russell Westbrook's team.

But one of the big things that was brought up was how he wanted a trade in 2007 but it never really happened.

Rejected Detroit

The show was opened up to a Q&A style 'Mailbag' where one of the questions was if he really rejected a trade to the Detroit Pistons eight years ago. Kobe confirmed it to be true. 

The Lakers had a trade set up that would have seen Kobe go to Detroit and in return they would have got Rip Hamilton, Tayshuan Prince, Amir Johnson and a future first round draft pick.

Bryant used his no-trade clause to veto that deal so quickly that it must be a little offensive even to Pistons fans. 

Chicago #1

There was a team that Kobe would have jumped at the chance of joining however. The Chicago Bulls. 

Bryant confirmed that he created a list of teams that he would have been happy with being traded to and the Bulls were at the top of that list. A move never came to fruition however. 

The Bulls and Lakers tried to negotiate a trade with Luol Deng, Tyrus Thomas, Ben Gordon and Joakim Noah being the key pieces who could go to Los Angeles. But Kobe was wary of coming to a Chicago team without Deng, which shows how much Bryant rates the British small forward, and a deal never happened.

An NBA with Kobe playing for the Bulls would look so different. Derrick Rose wouldn't be in Chicago for a start. Kobe would be desperately trying to emulate Michael Jordan or step out of his shadow, and the Eastern conference maybe wouldn't be as terrible.

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