Will the Lakers resign Mark Madsen?

Will the Lakers resign Mark Madsen?

Postby murcielago62 on Wed Jul 02, 2003 4:32 pm

1st post- Are they gonna resign Mark Madsen, or any of their other free-agents, because in this article, if seems like the Lakers really aren't concerned about them...:

Lakers eye Payton, P.J. Brown
A sticking point for both could be the amount of money available under the salary cap.

The Orange County Register

With the free-agency game on, the Lakers have set out after two of their top priorities: guard Gary Payton and power forward P.J. Brown.

Although free agents cannot sign with new teams until July 16, they can now begin negotiations. Even though the Lakers are committed to upgrading their frontcourt this summer, they very much want Payton, who turns 35 this month.

There is some belief in the organization that Payton would be a much better fit than Utah power forward Karl Malone, who also has been targeted by the Lakers.

A nine-time All-Star, Payton is a stellar defensive player who is especially respected by Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

The major stumbling block, as is the case for the Lakers with all their big-name targets, is money.

But Payton's best chance for big money near his 2002-03 salary of $12.6 million - returning to the Milwaukee Bucks - is in question given recent instability regarding the Bucks' management.

In lieu of a trade, the Lakers' best offers are the mid-level salary-cap exception ($4.55 million last season and projected to be slightly more this season) and the veteran's exception ($1.5 million).

Since the start of free agency Tuesday, the Lakers also have been in contact with Brown and Brad Miller.

Miller, 27, primarily a center who gained notice in these parts for his 2002 fight with Shaquille O'Neal, was a first-time All-Star in 2003, averaging 13.1 points and 8.3 rebounds for Indiana.

With the free-agent market now open, Robert Horry, Mark Madsen, Brian Shaw, Samaki Walker and Tracy Murray are officially no longer the Lakers' property.
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Postby LakersGyrl2003 on Wed Jul 02, 2003 5:02 pm

Well this is just another article, just speculation, and what they see is the Lakers priority. I think there's still a chance we might keep Madsen, but it matters how many new players we gotta put on the roster, and how much we gotta pay these new aquisitions..

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Postby Roscoe on Wed Jul 02, 2003 8:37 pm

Madsen is probably gonna resign for the minimum. The Lakers are really thin in the front court right now. Even if they sign PJ Brown or Juwan Howard the Lakers would not have much depth at the PF position. They'd only have Slava and the rookie Cook.
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Postby pltan on Wed Jul 02, 2003 9:20 pm

Gotta agree there, I like Madsen for the minimum.

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Postby Lakers Dynasty 2000 on Wed Jul 02, 2003 11:01 pm

The Lakers drafted Cook and Walton which basically told me Madsen and Walker are gone for sure.

Think about it, it took Madsen 3 years to get where Walton is right now. Don't get me wrong, Madsen will get picked up by a squad because he is a tremendous engergetic and hustle player. But our draft picks tell me Madsen is gone.
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Postby pltan on Wed Jul 02, 2003 11:28 pm

I'll defer to you guys on this. There is ZERO college bball on TV in Asia so I have absolutely no clue what the class of 03 is all about. If these rookies bring more to the table than Madsen, that's great. How quick do you reckon they can learn the triangle, and how much play time are they expected to get considering Phil's take on rookies? I just want the Lakers to be much deeper than this past season.

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