Im gonna have to go back to my coverage of that, but as I recall, i was ... um, skeptical of the claim.
If I recall correctly it was even talked about on ESPN. I believe the proposed trade was JET/Josh Howard for Kobe.
In hindsight, I can't imagine LA ever saying yes to that. I recall Chicago being the main destination that was rumored
Yeah that was also a possibility but Lakers wanted 22 year old Deng and Kobe who had a no trade clause said no because he wanted to team with Deng.
This is not rumor about the Mavs though it is Cuban confirming it in 2016 posted on DMN. I think what ended up happen is L.A. backed out and said either trade us Dirk for Kobe or nothing then it obviously fell apart. J-Ho and JET were #2 and #3 on this team around that time though there wasn't a better trade other than Dirk which was never happening.