Victories come at a high price for the Lakers
Old 11-22-2009, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For better or worse, because sometimes it's a curse, the Lakers have a player payroll of $91.3 million and will spend an additional $21.4 million in luxury taxes if their roster remains the same on the final day of the regular season.

Their total salary bill would be $112.7 million if they make no trades or minor free-agent acquisitions. Comparatively, they spent about $86 million last season, including luxury taxes.

None of this includes Phil Jackson's $12-million salary to coach this season.

Basically, owner Jerry Buss keeps reaching for his checkbook.

"As long as we keep winning, I think he'll keep doing it," center Andrew Bynum said.

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A big difference for the Lakers this season is Bynum's contract extension kicking into gear, moving from $2.7 million last season to $12.5 million.

Kobe Bryant will make $23 million, Pau Gasol earns $16.5 million and Lamar Odom will make $7.5 million. The Lakers have numerous players in the $5-million area: Ron Artest ($5.9 million), Adam Morrison ($5.3 million), Derek Fisher ($5 million), Sasha Vujacic ($5 million) and Luke Walton ($4.8 million).
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In a league where Jermaine O'Neal makes $23 million, Kenyon Martin gets $15 million, Larry Hughes makes $14 million and Bobby Simmons earns $11 million, the Lakers don't appear to have any colossal blunders on their books, though the oft-injured Walton still has three years and $16.7 million left on his deal after this season.
Victories coming at a high price for Lakers owner Jerry Buss -- latimes.com
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Then explain the Knicks and Raptors of not too long ago.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Money = wins.
yeah it does. but smart money. money well spent, which sometimes is crapshoot with league infatuated with hype.
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Then there's Portland.
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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lol, adam morrison makes 5 mil.
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