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 **FILE** Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is seen during a basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles in this Oct. 30, 2007 file photo. Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson basically squashed the notion that Bryant will wind up in Chicago, saying, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, the teams were never on the verge of a deal and talks were over for now.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)