The Rams and Titans announced a major trade involving the first pick of the 2016 draft on Thursday morning, but they actually agreed to it on Wednesday.
The reason for the wait to announce it wasn’t so that everyone had a chance to sleep on the deal and make sure it was what they wanted. According to a Rams official, it was so that nothing would get in the way of Kobe Bryant’s final game with the Rams’ new neighbors in Los Angeles. The Lakers game tipped off on Wednesday night and ended with Bryant scoring 60 points in his NBA swan song.
“Kobe deserved his night,” the Rams official said to Adam Schefter of ESPN. “There was no reason for this trade to be announced on his night.”
That’s a nice gesture, although the flip side could be just as true. With Bryant retiring and the Warriors on their way to an NBA-record 73rd regular season win, the sports world (and the Los Angeles sports world, in particular) had a lot going on Wednesday night. While a deal for the No. 1 pick would have generated attention, announcing the trade on Thursday guaranteed a clearer field for the NFL that provides a nice lead in to Thursday night’s announcement of the 2016 schedule.