October 7, 1999 |
Too much money, too long a contract. If not for that, Scottie Pippen would be a Laker right now. In the most direct comments from a team official on the matter to date, Laker owner Jerry Buss acknowledged that, at Coach Phil Jackson's request, acquiring Pippen has been strongly considered, but said that the Lakers are unwilling to take on the remaining $54 million and four years of Pippen's contract.
October 5, 1999 |
For a team that finished last season with the NBA's second-worst record, the Clippers enjoyed a feeling of optimism at media day Monday. Then Maurice Taylor, who wanted a long-term contract extension before training camp begins today at Southwest College, spoke. "I'm basically here to play the last year of my contract and then become a free agent," said Taylor, whose attorney, David Falk, requested a trade after owner Donald Sterling refused to give Taylor the maximum extension.
August 4, 1999 |
Charles Oakley got the attention Tuesday, a full-court Laker press to impress the free-agent power forward. Derek Fisher, though, got the long-term cash, agreeing to accept a seven-year deal worth about $24 million, an average of $3.5 million a season.
April 15, 1999 |
Peace arrived Wednesday in the WNBA, with the league and its players union confirming a four-year working agreement. Nothing is signed, but both sides said agreement was reached on two major issues--the number of ABL players the WNBA can sign this season and the league's minimum player salaries. * There can be up to three ABL players per roster this summer, except for expansion teams Minnesota and Orlando, which can have five. The union had wanted two, the league five.
February 5, 1999 |
Before the "I do's" could be said and the couple could leave the altar in wedded bliss, something interrupted the Lakers' strange and fascinating potential marriage to Dennis Rodman. Discussions between Rodman's representatives at International Creative Management and Laker Executive Vice President Jerry West on Thursday apparently hit a snag when the agents balked at accepting only a $1-million salary this season--which is the most the Lakers, as a team above the salary cap, can offer Rodman.
January 29, 1999 |
More than the relief of having his first huge deal completed, even more than the money itself, Kobe Bryant relishes one specific aspect of the six-year, $70.8-million contract extension he is set to sign today. "This is going to be my first contract I get to sign by myself," the Laker swingman said Thursday after practice at L.A. Southwest College. "My other contract [signed as a rookie in 1996], I had to have my parents' approval. "I couldn't sign on my own.