More Good News for Lakers-O'neal looks to stay in Indiana

More Good News for Lakers-O'neal looks to stay in Indiana

Postby Holy Shaq! on Tue Jul 08, 2003 2:23 pm

"The first verbal commitment of the NBA offseason has yet to be made public with actual signings remaining forbidden until July 16, but the Indiana Pacers appear to be on the verge of taking Jermaine O'Neal's name off the list of available free agents.

Pacers president Donnie Walsh spent a good portion of his Monday discussing fine points with Arn Tellem, the agent for O'Neal, as sentiment grew around the league that O'Neal was virtually off the market.

Another sign? O'Neal's scheduled visits this week with the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks have been canceled.

"Arn says (O'Neal) wants to be here, and we certainly want to get the contract done," Walsh told ESPN.com. "I feel good about (negotiations)."

Walsh emphasized that an agreement has not been finalized but said the Pacers' intention to give O'Neal a seven-year maximum contract worth an estimated $120-plus million was made "clear from July 1" to O'Neal's camp.

Tellem could not be reached on Monday, but league sources indicate that O'Neal and the Spurs mutually canceled Wednesday's scheduled visit, with San Antonio firmly focused on its No. 1 free-agent target: New Jersey's Jason Kidd. O'Neal also called the Mavericks on Monday to inform them he will not be touring Dallas, either.

Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com. To e-mail him, click here. Also, send Stein a question for possible use on ESPNEWS."


Less opposition in the West I hope.
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Postby SWOL on Tue Jul 08, 2003 2:53 pm

good keep his [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] out east....i dread the thought of him and Tim in SA
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Postby zetaw00d on Tue Jul 08, 2003 3:02 pm

Nah i want J O'Neal to the spurs!!!! Lakers Spurs match up!!!

Kidd, O'Neal and Duncan vs Shaq, Kobe, GP and Malone!!! but no way that those 3 can handle the BIG 4!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby SWOL on Tue Jul 08, 2003 3:04 pm

TRUE
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Postby lakers frizzo on Tue Jul 08, 2003 3:47 pm

this news actually makes me kinda scared with kobe free agency next year and all the spurs are probably playing chess and hoping to make a big move on kobe next year. but with todays news that malone and payton will definatly join the lakers, they will be able to spend all available $ and use the larry bird clause to resign him to a max contract cause all he wanted was for the lakers to get a team around him and what did they do but make all the mitch haters mitch lovers!!! go lakeshow!!!!!!!
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 zetaw00d on Tue Jul 08, 2003 3:49 pm

Dont worry about Kobe leaving LA! Its not goin to happen!!! Just think of it that way!!
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Postby Holy Shaq! on Tue Jul 08, 2003 3:55 pm

If GP and KM sign on for more than a season Kobe will stick around to clean up the rings.

He'll walk out the door, see how the weather is, and walk right back in.
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Postby LakersGyrl2003 on Tue Jul 08, 2003 3:58 pm

4real... As long as they sign for at least 2 or 3 years or maybe more, and plus if/when we win next season, then u could forget about Kobe lookin elsewhere. He's gonna stay a Laker. That's all there is to it!! YEA YEA! :man1:
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