Max is max. We have Bird Rights, so we could have matched or offered more.
The "2014 cap space" excuse is BS, also. The contract he signed with Cleveland has a team option for the second year, so all we had to do is give him the EXACT SAME contract to keep him...then not pick up the option if we really wanted $4.5 million more in cap space next offseason.
And Howard has nothing to do with it. With or without him, we need Clark...but especially without. We can still give Howard the max deal, also, regardless of what we gave Clark. Once we lose Dwight, though, we're screwed without Clark.
Lakers gonna lake. EVERYONE wants to play for us, though! Look at our history.
Clark had every reason to leave us. MDA would have never given him the minutes he deserved if it wasn't for Gasol's injury...repeated this many times before. Then, when he did, he made a fool of Clark by yelling at him during timeouts, and playing him three different positions while demanding consistency. Doesn't matter what he said about LA...he probably loves the city, loves his teammates, but D'Antoni is going to ruin all of this for us...and he'll be a big factor in Howard going to Houston, also.