Laker Makeover could be in the Mail..........

Laker Makeover could be in the Mail..........

Postby 4Rings on Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:41 am

A Laker Makeover Could Be in the Mail
By Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer

The Lakers' negotiations with Karl Malone have gone so well that they are considering the possibility they could sign him and still offer their full mid-level exception to Gary Payton.

Sources with knowledge of conversations between Malone and General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Malone expressed a desire to sign with the Lakers as well as an appreciation for their wish for a guard, namely Payton.
Malone, it appears, has made the Lakers the perfect offer: his services for as low as the veteran's minimum exception ($1.5 million for the first year), or whatever rate they agree would be necessary to top off their roster with Payton. It is possible the offer is dependent on the mid-level money going to Payton. If not, the Lakers could split the mid-level to improve their depth in the backcourt and sign another front-court player, perhaps Robert Horry, or use the entire mid-level exception for Malone.

In the process, Malone has convinced the Lakers that his only agenda, in what would be his 19th NBA season, would be to win the championship that eluded him in Utah.

It would be an extraordinary gesture by a 39-year-old player still skilled enough to have been selected to last year's All-Star game and next year's Olympic team. Last season, Malone averaged at least 20 points for the 17th consecutive season and was the only power forward endorsed by Horry on the day Horry's option was not exercised.

Malone, who as a free agent also has drawn interest from the San Antonio Spurs, is still well regarded as a rebounder and defender, enough that Shaquille O'Neal already has given his blessing to any deal that would bring in Malone.

Payton is expected to sit down with Kupchak sometime this holiday weekend, perhaps today. He earned $12.6 million last season, which he split between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Milwaukee Bucks, and in the open market or in a sign-and-trade deal could fetch nearly three times the $4.7 million or so the Lakers have available for their mid-level exception.

Still, the Lakers are hopeful that a multi-year contract taking Payton close to his 40th birthday, and the chance to play beside O'Neal, Malone and Kobe Bryant — four probable Hall of Famers in the same starting lineup — would be enough to convince him to pass up millions.

In the meantime, power forwards Juwan Howard and P.J. Brown continued to shop the NBA, for the moment with the Lakers intent on coming to an agreement with Malone. O0D
It would be an extraordinary gesture by a 39-yeard player still skilled enough to have been selected to last year's All-Star game and next year's Olympic team. Last season, Malone averaged at least 20 points for the 17th consecutive season and was the only power forward endorsed by Horry on the day Horry's option was not exercised.

Malone, who as a free agent also has drawn interest from the San Antonio Spurs, is still well regarded as a rebounder and defender, enough that Shaquille O'Neal already has given his blessing to any deal that would bring in Malone.

Payton is expected to sit down with Kupchak sometime this holiday weekend, perhaps today. He earned $12.6 million last season, which he split between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Milwaukee Bucks, and in the open market or in a sign-and-trade deal could fetch nearly three times the $4.7 million or so the Lakers have available for their mid-level exception.

Still, the Lakers are hopeful that a multi-year contract taking Payton close to his 40th birthday, and the chance to play beside O'Neal, Malone and Kobe Bryant — four probable Hall of Famers in the same starting lineup — would be enough to convince him to pass up millions.

In the meantime, power forwards Juwan Howard and P.J. Brown continued to shop the NBA, for the moment with the Lakers intent on coming to an agreement with Malone. O0D
It would be an extraordinary gesture by a 39-year-old player still skilled enough to have been selected to last year's All-Star game and next year's Olympic team. Last season, Malone averaged at least 20 points for the 17th consecutive season and was the only power forward endorsed by Horry on the day Horry's option was not exercised.

Malone, who as a free agent also has drawn interest from the San Antonio Spurs, is still well regarded as a rebounder and defender, enough that Shaquille O'Neal already has given his blessing to any deal that would bring in Malone.

Payton is expected to sit down with Kupchak sometime this holiday weekend, perhaps today. He earned $12.6 million last season, which he split between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Milwaukee Bucks, and in the open market or in a sign-and-trade deal could fetch nearly three times the $4.7 million or so the Lakers have available for their mid-level exception.

Still, the Lakers are hopeful that a multi-year contract taking Payton close to his 40th birthday, and the chance to play beside O'Neal, Malone and Kobe Bryant — four probable Hall of Famers in the same starting lineup — would be enough to convince him to pass up millions.

In the meantime, power forwards Juwan Howard and P.J. Brown continued to shop the NBA, for the moment with the Lakers intent on coming to an agreement with Malone. One possible snag: owner Jerry Buss is in Europe and -old player still skilled enough to have been selected to last year's All-Star game and next year's Olympic team. Last season, Malone averaged at least 20 points for the 17th consecutive season and was the only power forward endorsed by Horry on the day Horry's option was not exercised.

Malone, who as a free agent also has drawn interest from the San Antonio Spurs, is still well regarded as a rebounder and defender, enough that Shaquille O'Neal already has given his blessing to any deal that would bring in Malone.

Payton is expected to sit down with Kupchak sometime this holiday weekend, perhaps today. He earned $12.6 million last season, which he split between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Milwaukee Bucks, and in the open market or in a sign-and-trade deal could fetch nearly three times the $4.7 million or so the Lakers have available for their mid-level exception.

Still, the Lakers are hopeful that a multi-year contract taking Payton close to his 40th birthday, and the chance to play beside O'Neal, Malone and Kobe Bryant — four probable Hall of Famers in the same starting lineup — would be enough to convince him to pass up millions.

In the meantime, power forwards Juwan Howard and P.J. Brown continued to shop the NBA, for the moment with the Lakers intent on coming to an agreement with Malone. One possible snag: owner Jerry Buss is in Europe and Coach Phil Jackson is on a motorcycle, on his way to North Dakota for his 40th high school reunion, and so the ever-changing details of negotiations are taking time to run through the organization.

Teams may not sign free agents until July 16. Handshake agreements can be reached, however.

The Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons have made the strongest runs at free agent Scottie Pippen. Thus far, the Lakers are not heavily involved, though that could change if Payton's interest is cool.... If Payton declines their offer and they decide Pippen's health and age are too big a risk, the Lakers probably would turn to Tyronn Lue.




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Postby BDG on Fri Jul 04, 2003 1:18 am

This is the BEST news I've heard all off season. I didn't expect the possibility of us getting Malone AND Payton. If Mitch can pull this off, it may be considered one of the best General Managed offseasons in NBA history.

Think of it... our starting lineup will almost be a DREAM TEAM!
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Postby lakers frizzo on Fri Jul 04, 2003 1:18 am

one things for sure.. any team that had to think how bad it would be to play the lakers in the playoffs this year without a bench will be absolutly terrified if they read that article about malone and payton coming to la. a few teams would probably throw in the towel for the next two years and just regroup. good thing for the larry bird clause that will allow us to resign kobe after this year cause with all these playas on the squad without it we would lose him.

ps do you think we would be talking about all these names (malone mourning payton howard arenas etc) if kobe hadnt made those comments ten minutes before our first pick in the draft?
is shaq satisfied with three titles and continuing to blow up to 400 lbs or will he get the other hunger back and get down to 320 and win three more?? GO LAKERS 2004-06 CHAMPS!!!
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Postby BDG on Fri Jul 04, 2003 1:23 am

that ps point is great. kobe's comments served as a HUGE motivational force to get Mitch to make KB8 happy. That's the way it should be.

ps, i've seen and heard a lot about the Larry Bird Clause, but in simplest terms, what actually does it say?
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Postby lakers frizzo on Fri Jul 04, 2003 2:13 am

i ran larry bird clause through my search engine and what i came up with was that as long as a player has spent the last three years with his present team the team may use the larry bird clause to re sign him to a contract that equals up to 150% of his current average salary as long as it is structured so that the first year still fits under the cap. so yeah mitch has some work to do after this year even if he makes us surprised and gets malone and payton like the rumors have stated and phil resigns and shaq gets back in shape. run this through search engine: nba salary cap faq (then go to questions 23-27) next off season will be more interesting than this off season
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Postby lakers frizzo on Fri Jul 04, 2003 2:34 am

imagine that line up:
#1 pg: gary payton(GREAT defender scorer true point guard)
#2 pg: derrick fisher(hot shooter when hes off the bench)
#3 pg: janero pargo(will do nothing but get better with a teacher like payton)
#1 sg: Kobe bryant (nuff said!!!)
#2 sg: kareem rush (in 2nd year in the triangle we'll see hell be better)
#1 sf: deveon george(set to have break out year on both sides of the ball)
#2 sf: lil walton (could become the bulls point forward spot for la next year)
#1pf: mail man (hell finally earn that name when he mails la there fourth title in five years)
#2pf: brian cook (with a little work can be a third scoring option for la after malones gone)
#3pf: rick fox (id have him at #1 sf or pf but hell be out till the playoffs)
#1 c: guess......heres a hint hes hungry for more titles to fullfill his legacy)
#2 c: ???? only needed spot wishfull thinking but mourning hehe
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Postby LakersGyrl2003 on Fri Jul 04, 2003 7:12 am

I'm glad that Malone understands that we still wish for a pg too. That lineup doesn't seem to much like a dream.. It's within the Lakers reach!
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Postby Kobe_One_Kenobi_8 on Fri Jul 04, 2003 11:33 am

Payton and Malone going to the Lakers is similar to Paul Kariya and Temu Selanne going to the Colorado Avs. The two signed with Colorado with the intentions of winning the Stanley Cup this coming year. Fopefully , Malone and Payton will do the same for us.
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Postby Guest on Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:35 pm

If Payton can't be convinced to sign for the MLE, or even for the $5.3 million Robert was making, then I still think we should go after Arenas rather than signing GP for $7-8 million. Arenas would solve our PG problems for the forseeable future.
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Postby Lakerqueen on Fri Jul 04, 2003 1:42 pm

It sounds like the Mailman is a definite addition as long as we manage to get Payton too. Let's hope Mitch has got something up his sleeve that can pull off a great off season.
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Postby Snakell Beast on Sat Jul 05, 2003 2:03 am

Well, we can't actually INK any deals, but common sense tells me that as long as we intend (and if we do that we properly communicate that intent) to eventually give Payton his money (through a multi-year deal that can increase once he is under contract to any amount we want) he will be more than happy to join up. And once he agrees to join, karl can get the Veteran's Minimum now and the MLE for the next few years of the deal, all while winning rings. Not a bad scenario for all involved and it is happening this weekend...
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