July 3 â€” The agent for Payton told the Los Angeles Times that, "he hoped to have Payton meet with Kupchak in Los Angeles as early as Monday."
July 3 â€” According to the L.A. Times, Karl Malone met with Laker General Manager Mitch Kupchak on Wednesday.
July 3 â€” According to the Chicago Sun-Times "The Bulls would be willing to offer Pippen the entire exception, but it's not likely Pippen's decision will be determined by money. The Lakers offer a realistic shot at a championship, but the Bulls could be promising Pippen a front-office position after he retires. Paxson respects Pippen's knowledge of the game and his ability to evaluate current players, and Paxson may promise him a position such as director of player personnel."
July 3 â€” Howard told Sporting News Radio that he has spoken to the Lakers, and is more interested in winning than the money he can get.
July 2 â€” According to Newsday, "if the Knicks can't land one of the leading big men, it's possible they will turn their attention to a second-tier center such as Seattle's 6-11 Predrag Drobnjak." The Suns, Lakers, and Sonics have all also expressed interest in the center according to Drobnjak's agent.