Interesting news on what the LO to Lakers holdup could be.

O.C. Register: The sides still are talking, but there continue to be several stumbling blocks in the Lamar Odom negotiations, according to a well-placed source.

The Lakers had offered three years for $30 million or four years for $36 million, with conditions on the fourth year, and pulled the offer last week after learning Odom was talking to Miami.

Owner Jerry Buss is concerned about taking on more luxury tax; the Lakers already have allocated $83.8 million for 12 players. The Lakers paid $7.2 million in luxury tax on a $78.8 million payroll last season, which ultimately resulted in a championship.

  • Anon

    who cares ship his ass out

  • ?

    hope odom will come back….

  • EVan T

    next you guys will tell us when LO or Dr. Buss pause negotiations to go to the bathroom. Constant updates are driving me crazy. LO needs LA and LA needs LO . GET IT DONE ALREADY WE HAVE A REPEAT TO ACHIEVE

  • dvdman

    What I would like to know, what are the stumbling blocks? Who cares about an update if it’s not saying what the problems are.

  • Jive Talking Turkey

    Let that Jive Turkey walk already. He is a backup we can sign a vet to play backup minutes. no big deal!!!

  • Jim

    YOU’RE KILLING ME JERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on Doc, just gitter done man gitter done.

  • Joe Mama

    Wow…what an informative and insighful update. And by “informative and insightful” I mean “Didn’t tell us a god dam thing”

  • M0Z

    No news we didn’t already know….This is getting RIDICULIOUS

  • LakersFirst

    For those of you who don’t think this isn’t anything, open and eyes and learn. If the Lakers to sign LO and give him what he wants, the Lakers could possibly be paying approximately $20M in luxury tax next season. That’s a hard pill to swallow considering, that $20M will go to teams that are below the luxury tax threshold. Basically, the Lakers would be giving millions of dollars to other teams.

  • EVan T

    Lakers First- WE’D ALSO BE GIVING OTHER TEAMS PLENTY OF L’S IN THE LOSS COLUMN WHILE COLLECTING W’S

  • Victor

    fück fück fück.

  • pslakerfan

    “What I would like to know, what are the stumbling blocks? Who cares about an update if it’s not saying what the problems are.”

    Exactly. Isn’t this the same information as the previous post.

  • LakersFirst

    [Comment ID #80890 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I agree, but…. what if a major injury happens (possibility right?)

    How will the Lakers signing LO now affect the resigning of other Lakers, notably Kobe Bryant’s extension and Pau Gasol in two years (Gasol is a free agent in 2 years)? By signing LO this year, and extending Kobe a maximum offer and resigning Gasol in two years, then the Lakers maybe even MORE in the luxury tax hole in the future.

    There’s a lot of things to think about – not just L’s in the loss column for other teams.

  • EVan T

    we should of thought about that when we signed luke and sasha to 5 year deals.

  • Diggah_dalakerfan

    Mr Buss……”Get ‘R Done!! We need Lamar!!

  • http://Twitter.com Tom N Jerry

    It is difficult to understand what is being said because it is difficult to understand what someone is saying with their head up their a@@

  • Robert

    In other words, there is no new information. Someone is talking with the other person, and … etc. etc. etc. ….

    OK, here’s how it goes: David Lee appears to be dissatisfied w/Knicks. I think he is willing to sign for less than $10M/year (heck, maybe even less than $6M). So if LO bails, we sign David Lee for several years. Then, we get a Championship again for several years. Actually, let’s sign David Lee AND Nate Robinson. Pluck them out from NY, and we’ll have our point guard too, in case D. Fish retires after next year.

    Alright, I’m playing GM, but basically, the same thing is happening that happened w/Artest. After Yao got injured, and the Rockets didn’t want Ron-Ron to be the face of the franchise, he decided to bail and go with a championship team. My spider sense tells me that this is probably happening w/David Lee now, who could fill some of the space if LO left (he almost has the size, although not the wingspan).

    Anyway, OF COURSE I want LO to return. I’m just speculating as to what’s going on. Since this friggin’ web site doesn’t really know anyway. Might as well write some fiction too.

  • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

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    don’t take your frustrations out of this website..all they do is reports what’s going on..so ppl like u can find it all in one location….

    only two things can happen…

    1. Buss takes the tax and appease LO
    2. LO decides that money is not happiness and sign (he is till a millionaire anyway)

    …………………………………………………….
    i can’t even afford to buy all my college books and you have ppl like LO that will risk his happiness for money..
    OMG- talk about screwed up priorities..

    how many Americans do you think over 3 mil for their lifetime? very very very very very very few…

  • SMEL-D!CK-FRIED

    AS USUAL NOTHING NEW. SAME SH!T OLD STORY.

  • pslakerfan

    Hey Robert,

    Do you know what this website DOES understand? It’s called the Collective Bargaining Agreement. I will simplify it for you….We can only sign a player for around $1 million. That is it, no more. If you think David Lee will take $1 million you must know him better than I do.

    We have Odom’s bird rights which means we can pay him whatever we want, however any other player can only be signed to the veterans minimum (about $1 mil).

  • 949Mike

    This is stupds Mitch cupcake’s fault. If he would’ve done a sign and trade with Ariza/Artest he still would have the MLE. And this would’ve been resolved LO’s ass out and they could’ve picked up a decent Forward for the MLE.

  • http://Firefox Fdog

    Einstein…How can the luxury tax issue be news? Nigga Puhleez!

  • Robert

    pslakerfan — are you saying that the Lakers can’t sign any other free agent, except for $1M? If that’s the case, the LO has the Lakers by the balls. Although, I do recall that they were looking to sign someone from Italy. Would that have been for $1M only?

    I thought that Buss can sign anyone he wants, who isn’t attached to a team (i.e., a free agent). But, he would just have to pay luxury tax, that’s all, right? Isn’t that where LO is now? LO is a free agent (just like Lee), and whatever they sign him for, is already over the luxury tax.

    Please correct me if I’m wrong about this.

  • http://www.luxmo.com richsun247

    Pay the Tax. Not like the Lakers won’t make back that extra 9 million in taxes next season. I’m telling you all, throw in that life time supple of Jolly Ranchers and Lamar will sign!!

  • Jpus

    [Comment ID #80909 Will Be Quoted Here]

    LO is a unrestricted free agent its not the same as David Lee who is a restricted free agent, and for luxury tax anyone signed over the NBA luxury cap, the team will have to pay the NBA dollar for dollar whether restricted or unrestricted free agent, so that’s why LO’s 10 mil is really 20 mil

  • PaulPierce34Truth

    Let Lamar take the deal. Its all good, well be ready

  • LakersFirst

    [Comment ID #80895 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Ever hear of the saying “hindsight is 20/20″

  • Zen and Tonic

    You would think a man with a doctorate (Jerry Buss) has probably had a math class or two along the way. If not, the organization probably has a calulator and someone capable of using it on the payroll. That’s a pretty logical assumption.

    Every time some hack mentions the Lakers now realize they mya have to pay x-amount of luxury tax, it insults our intelligence, or it should. The teams budget for the new contracts and know what they currently are paying. Right? So why all the yap about, “ohhh, they are now worried about luxury tax implications!”.

    If you don’t have any news, at least re-hash something believable and relevant…Thanks Janice!

  • paul

    She took the blog off the OD Register.

  • EVan T

    hindsight is 20/20 but luke walton fulfilled his potential when he was at Arizona

  • THELAKERSWON09

    So much drama…. i don’t think we will get odom back….

  • pAul

    why wont we sign al harrington. if lamar isnt going to be a laker someone say something

  • pslakerfan

    LET ME TRY THIS IN ALL CAPS…WE CAN’T SIGN ANYONE ELSE BUT ODOM TO MORE THAN THE VETERANS MINIMUM!!!! PERIOD. MOST PLAYERS WON’T TAKE $1 MILLION DOLLARS, BUT EVEN IF THEY DID THEIR OWN TEAMS COULD MATCH THE OFFER IF THEY ARE RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (LIKE JPUS SAID).

    DO YOU THINK THE KNICKS WOULDN’T MATCH A $1MILLION DOLLAR OFFER SHEET???

    BASICALLY IT IS ODOM OR NO ONE WORTH TAKING…(THAT STILL DOESN’T MEAN WE SHOULD PAY HIM MORE THAN HE IS WORTH)

  • LakersFirst

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    Yea, because college basketball is the same talent level as the NBA (sarcasm). How many college basketball players are great in college but come to the NBA only to end up as a dissapointments – a f’n lot, that’s how many. Don’t compare one fulfilling potential in college to fulfilling potential in the NBA.

  • EVan T

    I meant the consequences of Luke leaving weren’t great and we resigned him to a generous contract for his college achievements and not to mention he’s always been overrated and followed because who his dad is. Is Luke Walton a 25 million dollar player ?

  • LakersFirst

    [Comment ID #81051 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Luke wasn’t resigned because of his college achievements. Where did you get that from? During the 06/07 season, Luke Walton averaged, 11 ppg, 4 apg and 5 rebounds per game. He was the starting small forward at that time. Those numbers are not bad numbers and they ultimately got him his deal and at that time, had he left, the Lakers would’ve been without a small forward. That is, until Trevor Ariza was acquired.

    This year Trevor Ariza averaged 9 ppg, 2 apg and 4 rebounds per game during the regular season. Yes, his numbers improved in the playoffs to 11 ppg, 2 apg and 4 rebounds per game, very similar to Luke’s numbers, but Ariza wanted around $9M per year.

    Everybody rags on Luke but he had a good contact year but unforutnately since that time, he hasn’t produced high numbers. The same thing could’ve happend with Ariza. Yea, he produced good numbers, this year … but would that consistency have continued? At the end of the day, the Lakers acquired a better small forward in Ron Artest.