Notable NBA Draft Trades Of Lottery Era

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1996: Lakers trade Vlade Divac for Kobe Bryant (13th overall, '96)

(Technically, the deal was completed on July 11, but the parameters were set down on draft night.) Front offices should have known that when then-Lakers GM Jerry West called, that they should hang up. The Hornets didn't and delivered L.A. the key to five titles in 12 years. Vlade Divac led Charlotte to a pair of short-lived playoff appearances before bolting for Sacramento as a free agent after the 1998-99 lockout. Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, has gone on to score the fifth-most points in NBA history.


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