Crux - I doubt your scenario comes to pass. Free agency is dominoes the big ones fall first and they don't come any bigger than Kobe. So he gets resolved early that summer. All of these moves by Kobe have been to optimize his choices, he won't sit and wait as some of those options are closed off.
Nimannn - Brand has expressed an interest in playing with Kobe, loves LA, wants to win. Brand + Kobe is a contender therefore I think he would be interested. But he'd only be interested if he gets to keep his contract too, and that's where it jumps the rails. Sterling is never going to S&T Brand to the Lakers. Never. If Brand wants to switch locker rooms he has to be willing to take a paycut of at least 2M per maybe as high as 5. Don't see it happening.
abeer - I'd put New Jersey at the top of the JO list, provided Jermaine proves his health. The Nets have the salaries, disposable bigs in Kristic and Magloire and young talent in Marcus Williams and Antoine Wright.
wolf - I think the best chance for a Kobe trade is draft day, because Kobe won't value a lottery pick but the Laker FO will. Therefore Kobe doesn't veto and LA gets value, only scenario I see that makes a Kobe trade possible. Whether that happens or not depends on who is willing to give up a high pick. Phoenix has good talent and Atlanta's #1 unprotected, so they'd be at the top. If the Lakers are willing to move Kobe in division, and if Phoenix gives that pick, maybe a deal could happen.
rscogold - Varejao trades are tough since he'd be BYC.
UKUGA - Apparently Crittenon is off limits. Farmar could be moved in the right deal imo. The guys they are open to dealing are Kwame and Sasha, and then adding Farmar as necessary if it lands the right talent back.