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LakerLand #2 free agent hot spot

Postby SWOL on Mon Jun 30, 2003 5:12 pm

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Only a paycut would allow Gary Payton to play with Shaq and Kobe.
No one's going to feel sorry for the three-time former champs, either, but they've got their own issues. Kobe Bryant has just made it publicly clear that he has big-time expectations this offseason, which go beyond Shaquille O'Neal slimming down and Phil Jackson committing to keep coaching. Kobe wants more help and the Lakers clearly need at least two new impact players this summer to keep up with the rest of the West elite. Problem is, everyone on their list has other options, and going to the Lakers hardly guarantees a ring anymore because the talent around Shaq and Kobe is so thin. Gary Payton confidantes insist that GP is seriously considering a jump to L.A. to play for the $4.9 million exception, but the Lakers have nothing to offer if Payton insists on forcing a sign-and-trade with Milwaukee to get a salary closer to last season's $12.6 million. Utah's Malone is in a similar position, intrigued by the Laker Idea but bound to be resistant to what would be a pay cut of $14 million in Malone's case. The Lakers are also expected to recruit Denver's Howard and New Orleans' P.J. Brown for their frontcourt opening, along with Miami's Mourning, and Jackson doesn't hide his desire to chase Portland's Scottie Pippen as a stabilizer and defensive hound on the perimeter. Of course, all of the above can get more money elsewhere. The good news for Kobe and Co.? Losing to the Spurs in the second round actually helped their chances of landing one of the future Hall of Famers, because the new guy will have the opportunity to win universal praise as the piece that helped restore the Lakers to glory. The bad news? Even if the Lakers get Payton or Malone, they'll still badly need a shooter -- Eric Piatkowski of the Clips is the best marksman available -- but probably don't have the money to get one.
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Postby Sallian on Mon Jun 30, 2003 9:14 pm

I'm thinking if Howard or Malone sign, Payton will decide to come to L.A.

Only a fool would pass up on that chance for a sure ring.
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Postby #1_Kobe_fan on Tue Jul 01, 2003 12:23 am

well there has been plenty of fools in the past......

I'll mention a couple of the most recent names:

GILL.....claimed he wanted to be a laker up until the NETs layed down the dinero.

OAKLY... Shaq even gave him a tour of the Staples center..

imagine if these two idiots would of signed back then they would have 3 rings by now.
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Postby BDG on Tue Jul 01, 2003 12:53 am

I'm glad we didn't get Gill; look where he's at now... but Oakley would have helped us a lot, especially on the boards.
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Postby Snakell Beast on Tue Jul 01, 2003 12:59 pm

I think Kendall Gill is just what we need, a SG/SF capable defender who can score if need be...he would have been wa better than Rush this season...
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