The Lakers also are making pitches to Gary Payton, Juwan Howard, P.J. Brown, Brad Miller and Derrick Coleman. But after two days of talks, it has become clear that most of them are out of the Lakers' price range.
Payton is demanding considerably more than the $4.7 million that the Lakers can pay and will only come to the Lakers in a more lucrative sign-and-trade deal. The Lakers do not have the assets to swing a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks and, therefore, have little chance of landing Payton.
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