"It's time to put it to rest," Paxson said. "Today sends a message that our guys don't have to worry about anything anymore."That's all well and good for the Bulls, who have been the absolute epicenter of all this business. Inside reportage has shown the trade talks were doing nothing good for the players Chicago actually has right now. But (unfortunately?) this isn't the end of the Kobe saga.
Notice neither Jerry Buss nor Mitch Kupchak are coming out with any sort of definitive statements. Phil Jackson has said if the Lakers are going to trade Kobe, they need to do it soon to give the new roster time to percolate. (And it'd seem Buss and Kupchak would have incentive to keep Phil on their side throughout the ordeal.) Chicago may be out of the way for now, but Kobe still apparently wants out and Buss still apparently wants Kobe out. Sadly, this will continue to be NBA Story #1 until it's resolved... and barring Buss' heart melting, only a trade will resolve the matter.