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  • Los Angeles,U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 25, 1996

    Kobe Bryant

    the day before the draft

    Los Angeles,U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 25, 1996

    The Lakers were looking to trade their starting center Vlade Divac for a player's draft rights to free up salary-cap space to make an offer to free-agent center Shaquille O'Neal. Bill Branch, the Hornets' head scout at the time, said that the Hornets agreed to trade their draft selection at #13 to the Lakers the day before the draft. Before the trade agreement, the Hornets never considered drafting Bryant. During the draft, the Lakers told the Hornets whom to select minutes before the pick was made.




  • East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 26, 1996

    Kobe Bryant

    Drafted directly out of high school

    East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 26, 1996

    Bryant was the first guard ever drafted directly out of high school.




  • Los Angeles,U.S.
    Sunday Jun 30, 1996

    Kobe Bryant

    Bryant traded

    Los Angeles,U.S.
    Sunday Jun 30, 1996

    on June 30, Divac relented on his threat and the trade was made final on July 9, 1996, when the league's off-season moratorium ended.




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