The Lakers can breathe a little easier. They're not the only ones struggling to lure big-name free agents in recent years.
The Dallas Mavericks sustained a serious — and very public — setback when center DeAndre Jordan reneged on a verbal commitment to them and rejoined the Clippers.
It stunned the NBA world, shoving aside the unspoken rule that a promise is a promise, even if it's not actually in writing yet.
The league probably will have to look at this in depth, the NBA helplessly experiencing a good old-fashioned college football recruiting battle, where nothing is ever official until a signature is applied on letter-of-intent day.