Then, Payton & Malone must have started this trend. Even still, the amount of players that are willing to join the Heat have gone beyond a ridiculous level. Veteran players are just abandoning teams in hope that some superteam like Miami will sign them.
Watching Jordan in the NBA finals in the 90's, I've always wondered and kept thinking in my mind "Why don't other good/great players join Jordan and the Bulls? They're winning so many championships and yet no one seems to care."
The difference between LA and the present-day team(s) attracting FA is that LA was never able to get away with it by paying them peanuts (not counting Payton & Malone because that was the only time I can recall it happening as of late). Every FA that joined LA wanted money, not just the chance to play for championships.
Chopper wrote:Payton and Malone came to the lakers for the same reason. It's been going on for a while now.
The remedy is to build a great and/or contending team, which attracts Free Agents. LA has had its fair share of success in attracting FAs.