So.... Dwight. I know you and your agent don't want to discuss your contract status and I won't push that at this point.
Your performance this season was what we expected given your injury and conditioning. However, we were very disappointed in several pubic displays of non-unity with the notable example being the incident of displaying the shot charts from one particular game to both your teammates and the media. In the long history of this franchise we have had similar issues but a few times in the public arena and each time we have dealt with them quickly. This is your warning. We need leadership from you and mentoring of the younger players. Study the careers of the greats at your position and note common personality traits rather than scoring and rebounding averages.
Moving forward, if you do decide to re-sign will you be willing to endure the re-building process? It may take 2 or 3 years to again have the pieces around you to compete viably for a NBA Championship and we will need buy-in if/when you want to begin discussion about a long term relationship with the Lakers. In the past there have been incidents with your former coaches and organization that give us some pause. Can you elaborate on the issues that led to those public outbursts that alienated you from your previous teammates and organization?
At this time that is it.... we look forward to discussing the opportunity of our potential future long term relationship in the near future. Get healthy and we'll be in touch.
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