Updated: July 17, 2003, 11:11 AM ETBy By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Washington Wizards: The Washington Post is reporting that Jerry Stackhouse is attempting to reach a settlement with the woman who has charged him with "grabbing her around the neck and taking her to the ground" after an argument concerning rental property. "I can say that we are in discussions," said Wes Collins, Stackhouse's attorney, in the Post. "I'm waiting to hear back from opposing counsel. We are hopeful that we can come to an agreement that satisfies both parties." The agreement would include an undisclosed amount of money and would ultimately end in charges being dropped. Los Angeles Lakers: It is just starting to dawn on Laker GM Mitch Kupchak that he did, indeed, just sign Gary Payton and Karl Malone to contracts he never even thought possible a week ago. "I could never have gone to a player of his stature and asked him to play for [$1.5 million]," Kupchak said to the LA Times. "I would have expected to be hung up on. That is so unique, to have a player such as Karl step forward and say, 'I'll take less. Give him more.' That's unique. That's the beauty of this thing. Karl and Gary are older and they know what they want. There's no guarantee it'll work. Nothing is ever guaranteed. But I think it has a chance."