The first domino has fallen. It could be the most important of all.
Assuming the Miami Heat don't do something in the next seven days to change Gary Payton's mind -- it is possible that the Hots could offer Payton substantially more than the approximately $40 million they have on the table now, conceivably up to $82 million or so over six years -- Payton's decision to go to the Lakers next season shakes up the West seismically. The ripple effects are already in the water.
For one, ...
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