Well according to this article: http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketbal ... nba-lakers
Payton and his agent want to work out a sign and trade with the Lakers, so in that case our MLE would still be free right? This is good and this could be bad, because I don't want Malone wanting the MLE now, since Payton wouldn't be using it. Secondly we would be losing someone through a trade to bring in Payton, and it would be cool to just keep everyone intact while picking up Payton. However the good things with a sign and trade is that we will lose players (which would range from 2-3 and possible future draft picks) which would free up the MLE to sign another FA or FAs to fill up the roster. So if Malone signs for the LLE, and we acquire Payton through a sign and trade, we could either use the full MLE to attract Howard or Brown (since all they want to do is win and their only concern for bling bling is from a championship ring) back into the picture or split the MLE two ways or more to attract the likes of Lue, Pippen, Pike, Daniels, Odom...just to name a couple. This would fill up the roster positions we would be losing in the trade, ie. Fisher, Fox, Slava, Pargo, Rush, maybe even Walton and/or future draft picks. And don't forget we still have the two vet. min. contracts we could still offer the older FAs.
So my ultimate question to all of you is would you all prefer a sign and trade to almost guarantee that we will land Payton, Malone (if he still signs for the LLE), and still a very high profile FA (ie Brown or Howard) for the MLE or that we don't lose anybody in a trade and just get Payton with the MLE?
And if we do trade for Payton, what potential package of players do you see being traded for Payton and which players would you not want to be traded?
Also what FA's would you then want to bring in for the entire MLE, or splitting the MLE and don't forget the two vet. min. contracts we can still offer? Get creative guys and have fun with it!