from LA Daily News
The Lakers soon will have 12 players under contract, though they still could use a veteran big man to back up both Malone and O'Neal.
Eric Chenoweth, a 7-footer playing in the summer league, is one option. Clippers free agent Sean Rooks, a former Laker, also will get some consideration.
Meanwhile, in a plush Houston suburb, Robert Horry waits and watches with interest. The Lakers denied him a $5.3 million option, but Horry said he'd swallow his pride if they spent the savings on someone the caliber of Payton or Malone. He could return for about half that amount, but the Lakers' luxury-tax concerns probably will prevent that from happening.
"If they call, which I doubt it, it will be more about money than anything," Horry said, "because it wouldn't be wise on my part to take less money. Unless I get a lot of years. You've got to compensate for something."
There are questions yet about whether the Lakers, once built with role players such as Horry, can survive the ego overload of a Hall of Fame quartet. Horry wonders, too.
"I don't know," he said. "It's like when the Rockets did that, they got Clyde (Drexler), Dream (Hakeem Olajuwon) and (Charles) Barkley, it was always some underlying jealousy there.
"I don't care what no athlete says, a lot of athletes are jealous of other athletes. It's going to come down to how much they put that aside. If they're able to do that, they're fine. It will be interesting."