Michael Cooper, the free-agent guard who is upset over an impasse in contract negotiations with the Lakers, is apparently considering an offer from an Italian team.
According to Fred Slaughter, his agent, Cooper received a one-year offer to play in Italy for $200,000.
He was paid $366,000 last season by the Lakers after earning $336,000 in 1984-85 and $306,000 in 1982-83.
The Lakers have reportedly offered Cooper a five-year deal for more money than he made last season, but Cooper doesn't like it because only the first two years of the contract are guaranteed. The Lakers have said repeatedly that they will match any offer sheet Cooper receives. He hasn't gotten any offers.
Slaughter said he is seeking a contract for Cooper similar to Dennis Johnson's with the Boston Celtics. Johnson will earn $782,000 this season and $832,500 in each of the following two seasons.
Slaughter said he met with Laker General Manager Jerry West Wednesday.
"Basically, there has been little negotiation," Slaughter said. "They always come back to the same position. There has been absolutely no movement since last fall."