View Full Version : Gary Payton: Lakers, Heat, or Blazers

07-07-2003, 03:00 AM

Originally posted by Marc Stein, ESPN
Amid ongoing talks with Lakers officials, who are limited to offering Payton a starting salary of just under $5 million, Goodwin told ESPN.com that the recently dethroned champions are "absolutely" Payton's preference. The only other teams Payton will consider, according to Goodwin, are Portland and Miami.

It remains to be seen, however, whether Heat coach Pat Riley would pursue a veteran like Payton or focus on the best young prospects on the open market, such as Golden State point guard Gilbert Arenas or Los Angeles Clippers center Michael Olowokandi. It's believed that the Heat is trying to infuse their roster with youth and athleticism. That's why center Alonzo Mourning, in another comeback attempt from his longstanding kidney problesm, is expected is sign with Dallas or another title contender.

07-07-2003, 10:11 AM
Payton wants to win, which means Miami isn't getting him.

07-07-2003, 11:26 AM
Originally posted by iceblizzard69
Payton wants to win, which means Miami isn't getting him.

Which also makes me the happiest man on earth! :yes: