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O'Neal skips exit interview Friday

Updated: June 21, 2004, 4:52 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Coach Phil Jackson might not be the only one leaving the Los Angeles Lakers.

The team's two biggest stars, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, looked Friday as if they could be playing elsewhere next season.

O'Neal has requested a trade, ESPN.com's Marc Stein has learned. And as expected, Bryant chose to opt out of his contract and officially will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

O'Neal told the Los Angeles Times he was no longer happy with the team's direction, saying ...

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