I don't disagree with too much of this. I think the Lakers certainly had two max slots for a reason, but I believe they made all those deals even without the express knowledge that George wouldn't come. For instance, I think they make that Clarkson/Nance trade even without feeling like George was coming. Obviously, they'd have loved George to take that slot, but I think they wanted the second max open for any star just in case LeBron wanted someone else to come too. I do believe the relationship with Mintz and the Lakers right now has to be strained. I believe the "Julius is excited to stay in LA" tweet is Mintz's strategic apology to the Lakers. He's made it public that his client wants to stay in LA and they're happy to meet up again and look forward to a new contract. I believe out of respect to Julius and Julius's efforts for us, we'll give him a solid one-year deal but that's all I'm expecting. I don't expect him to get a long-term commitment from the Lakers and honestly for him and for Mintz, they'll try to feel the market next summer anyway.