In 2007, the Lakers engaged the Cleveland Cavaliers in talks, offering a disgruntled Kobe Bryant for LeBron James, according to a report on ESPN.com.
Bryant had demanded a trade before the 2007-2008 season, frustrated that the Lakers had stagnated and believing that the team was not properly prioritizing wining.
After winning three titles from 2000-2002, the team fell in the 2004 NBA Finals to the Detroit Pistons. That off-season, the Lakers traded Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat.
The Lakers missed the 2005 playoffs, then suffered two...