Mitch talks about the task at hand.

Daily News: One by one, they said they hoped to come back to play for another NBA championship next season.

Trevor Ariza, Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown said they were happy and at home with the Lakers and wanted to re-sign with the team.

The Lakers want them back, too. General manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Phil Jackson each said the journey to a second consecutive league title begins by re-signing the three unrestricted free agents.

important step begins at 9 p.m. today.

That’s when Kupchak can begin negotiations with agents for the players. It’s also when general managers for 29 other teams can begin pursuing Ariza, Odom and Brown in hopes ofluring away three valuable members of the Lakers’ 2008-09 championship team.

Money, as always, will play an all-important role in where they land.

Kupchak made it clear he doesn’t have blank checks to hand out, and issues such as the salary cap and luxury tax could mean he won’t be able to afford to re-sign them. He also doesn’t know how high other teams might go in order to sign them.

Because they are unrestricted free agents, the Lakers do not have the right to match outside offers for Ariza,

Odom and Brown. It means the talks might go quickly, with the players agreeing to new deals within a matter of minutes or hours.
Negotiations between teams and restricted free agents tend to take longer.

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  • willow

    If you were Trevor Ariza and you’re on the upside of your career, would you say no if you were offered $10 million per year hypothetically by another team rather than stay for another chance for a ring? Players play to get paid, first and foremost. Then if you get lucky you belong to an elite team and win the championship (Sasha, Morrison, Powell, Mbenga). After getting your bling, then you go and get paid…simple as that.

    I think Ariza’s gone and so is Brown. I think LO stays and we look somewhere else to fill that spot those guys vacated. I’m not gonna hate on Brown and Ariza for getting paid. After all, if I was in their shoes I’d do the same thing.

  • 123kid

    its definetly a hard thought to swallow if i dont see both l.o and ariza in laker uniform next season. brown i can live without! but ariza and l.o. thats tough. i just hope if things do not follow through, we can fill in the cracks with someone like artest.