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"I think that's a big part of it (having known costs to help build a roster). Knowing that you've kept the core of your team together. You can't predict what the economy (has) in store for anybody, but being able to know that the core of our team is together, I think that's important. Probably most important to our fan base and our media partners to know that they have something to bank on going forward, versus uncertainty of what may happen this summer or next summer in terms of our team. So I think that's incredibly important. We're trying to send a message- which is not an innacurate message- which is that we want to keep this team together for as long as possible, so we can continue to pursue what Los Angeles wants us to pursue, which is championships."