Kobe was always gonna be a Laker
People forget, his agent told Charlotte he wasnt gonna sign with them and wanted to be traded to LA. It worked for Jerry West because he was trying to dump Divac to get more money for the Shaq bid that summer.
Essientally Divac got flipped for Kobe and Shaq, who both wanted to be Lakers.
Even if Boston had got him, dude would have said "Trade me to LA"
and the funny thing to me is, although the trade seems lopsided now. when it was made, vlade was pretty damn good. la traded a proven, all star caliber center for a high schooler. at the time of the trade, the deal was actually not bad at all.