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L.A. Lakers May Be Courting Rodman

February 3, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president Jerry West has talked briefly with Dennis Rodman’s new agent, it was reported today.

``I don’t think there’s any question. We’ve discussed it, but everyone’s putting the cart before the horse,″ West told the Los Angeles Times. ``We don’t have any idea whether there’s any interest on his (Rodman’s) part.″

West said he had a conversation Tuesday with Rodman’s agent, Steve Chasman, who said he would discuss the situation with Rodman.

The 37-year-old Rodman, who has won the last seven NBA rebounding titles and been on five of the last 10 NBA championship teams, has indicated his signing preferences with either the Orlando Magic or the Lakers.

The Lakers could offer Rodman a veteran minimum starting salary of $1 million, the Times said. For the past two seasons, Rodman has made $18 million.

The Houston Rockets also were said to be interested in Rodman, especially since an injury to reserve forward Antoine Carr.

``He would definitely help us,″ one anonymous Rocket told the Houston Chronicle. ``With Dennis, Charles (Barkley) and Dream (Hakeem Olajuwon), we’d get two and three shots every trip down court. That’s how many offensive boards we’d be getting.″

Miami Heat coach Pat Riley said last week his team would be interested in Rodman if the former Bulls would abide by team rules of conduct

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