Bryant fell to 13th in the draft and was taken by the Charlotte Hornets, who then traded the rights to Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers for center Vlade Divac.
Did Kobe want to be traded?
Bryant famously wanted the Lakers to trade him in 2007. In a 2015 appearance on ESPN’s The Grantland Basketball Hour, Bryant said the Chicago Bulls were his “No. 1 choice in 2007. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Bulls backed out because they did not want to trade forward Luol Deng.
Did the Hornets draft Kobe Bryant?
In the 1996 NBA Draft, the Hornets selected Kobe Bryant with the 13th overall pick. … Immediately after the draft, Dave Cowens expressed that the Hornets had no use for him. Fifteen days later, West traded his starting center, Vlade Divac to the Hornets for the young Kobe Bryant.