July 4, 2003 ESPN Newswire.
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Negotiations between Los Angeles Lakers and free agent power forward Karl Malone are moving in a direction where the Lakers could could sign him and be in a position to take on another free agent, point guard Gary Payton.
According to the Los Angeles Times on Friday, sources with knowledge of conversations between Malone and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Malone would consider a deal for less money with the Lakers if it means a better chance at winning the NBA championship.
The scenario would go like this: Malone signs for the veteran's minimum exception ($1.5 million for the first year), or whatever salary level that would help the Lakers attract Payton.
Malone also has drawn interest from the San Antonio Spurs.
Payton, who made $12.6 million last season while playing for the Seattle SuperSonics and Milwaukee Bucks is expected to meet with Kupchak this weekend.
Teams cannot sign free agents until July 16.
Courtesy of ESPN Newswire.