Los Angeles could be dangling its No. 2 overall pick in Thursday's draft in a three-team deal also involving the Magic.
The guard may just be trying to pressure the Heat into giving him the contract he wants, or could he really play elsewhere next season?
Another hint: they've been the NBA's gold standard of late.
The Lakers star apparently enjoys tapping into the widsom of movers and shakers in a variety of industries.
It boils down to the unassailable fact that one of the marine mammals tried to drown him and steal his woman, Iggy Azalea.
Kobe would have been 17 or 18 at the time, a fact that did not come up during their discussion.
The Lakers superstar will likely miss the rest of this season, his 19th in the NBA.
The team wants to make sure its superstar guard can play well next season, which could become his NBA farewell tour.
In a statement, the team said that Alina Kupchak had been battling a 'lengthy illness.'
A resurgent season has the Laker's superstar looking like a lock for his 17th straight starting spot in the All-Star game, as the league updates the voting totals.